Tue. Jun 25th, 2024
Pharmacists report record-high drug shortages since 2001

In the first three months of 2024, there were a staggering 323 active drug shortages reported by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, marking the highest number since 2001. The data collected by this research team is based on reports from healthcare professionals, primarily pharmacists at hospitals and health systems.

The lead researcher and director of the Drug Information Service, Erin Fox, explained that their team follows up with drug companies to confirm shortages and to determine the reasons and expected duration of the shortages. This information is then published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists on their website, ashp.org.

It’s important to note that the definition of a drug shortage used by the Drug Information Service is broader than the one used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which can lead to larger shortage numbers from Utah compared to the FDA. For example, even if a drugstore has one version of a medication but not another, Utah researchers might consider it a shortage while the FDA might not.

The drugs that are in short supply include chemotherapy agents, antibiotics, medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pain medications, as well as those used in hospital crash carts – mobile units used during cardiac or respiratory arrest situations. The data collected by Utah researchers indicates that manufacturing issues and supply-chain difficulties are the most commonly cited reasons for drug shortages.

By Aiden Nguyen

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