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Drug shortages


Drug shortages can delay medical procedures and affect drug therapies. Ms Chen will explain the various causes of drug shortages and how to prevent them.

Key points

Drug shortage is a supply issue that affects how the pharmacy prepares or dispenses a drug product. It can adversely affect drug therapy, compromise medical procedures, and even result in medication errors. Pharmacists should keep track of medication shortages and recommend alternative therapies to prescribers.

Management strategy needs to include clear policies and procedures for information gathering, decision-making, and collaboration.

In Taiwan:

There is a national reporting system for drug shortages. By analyzing this system, hospitals can learn the trend of reported drug shortages, and develop counteractive plans.

After the center of drug shortages receive the event, a person in charge will first validate the case, before evaluating if there are other alternatives. Hospitals should also monitor the information of drug shortages closely.

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Is there a similar system to the national reporting system for drug shortages in your country?

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