Tag: Drug Shortage

One expert concerned over drug shortages record high

Editor's Note Erin Fox, senior pharmacy director at University of Utah Health who has been monitoring drug shortages for over 20 years, spoke to AP News in June of her concerns. Currently, the situation is worse than ever, with total active shortages hitting an all-time high of 323 (with 48…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
July 24, 2024
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Supply chain stress fractures demand rock-solid continuity planning

More than 4 years after personal protective equipment production and inventories crashed amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, the “new normal” in healthcare supply chains seems to be “uncertainty.” Although hospital margins are improving and patient volumes are trending upward, “stress fractures continue to remain in place,” says Michael Schiller, CMRP,…

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By: Marisa Torrieri
May 24, 2024
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Unveiling ECRI’s 2024 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns list

From integrating new technology to navigating shifts in care delivery and mitigating burnout, the most pressing challenges for healthcare organizations tend to be multifaceted problems that demand multifaceted solutions. For evidence of that, look no further than the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns 2024 list from ECRI. For every risk…

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By: Heather David, MSN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, CSSYB
April 19, 2024
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Drug shortages higher than ever

Editor's Note Shortages of active drugs in the US have reached a new record, according to an April 12 CNN report on data from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the University of Utah Drug Information Service. The two organizations have been tracking this data since 2001, the CNN report says.…

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By: Matt Danford
April 18, 2024
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Hospital hacking threats persist amid continued chaos of Change Healthcare cyberattack

Editor's Note The ransomware group behind a recent cyberattack on one of the nation’s largest health systems has its sights set on hospitals, the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warned February 27. According to a report in Chief Healthcare Executive one day later, systems were…

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By: Matt Danford
March 1, 2024
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Drug shortages are getting worse nationwide

Editor's Note Across the US, drug shortages are on the rise, including for chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics, and weight-loss drugs, PBS News November 5 reports. This trend is worrisome for many reasons, experts say, with the top-pressing concern being high-risk patients having to switch to less effective or more aggressive regimens…

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By: Brita Belli
November 13, 2023
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ECRI: New survey shows medication, supply shortages are hurting patients

Editor's Note A new survey from ECRI finds that shortages of medications and medical supplies and equipment are harming patients, the nonprofit organization reported in an October 13 news release. ECRI surveyed nearly 200 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, procurement specialists, physicians, and nurses in July 2023. Following are some takeaways from…

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By: Brita Belli
November 2, 2023
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Pfizer warns FDA of penicillin shortage

Editor's Note Pfizer alerted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 12 that its supply of two forms of injectable penicillin—Bicillin L-A and Bicillin C-R—may run out by the end of this month, the June 13 The Hill reports. Pfizer cited a combination of factors for the shortage, including…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 15, 2023
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Antiviral, antibiotic shortages cause strain on healthcare providers

Editor's Note A shortage of medications used in treatment of pediatric illnesses are causing additional challenges for healthcare providers amid spikes in respiratory viruses, according to a November 22 CNN story, reports Becker’s Hospital Review November 23. It was reported by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) that as…

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By: Bridget Brown
November 28, 2022
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Supply chain expert warns that drug shortages will persist

Editor's Note Vials of the chemotherapy drug fludarabine could be purchased at a whole sale price of $110 last year—today, it is being sold for a much higher price, Fierce Pharma November 1 reports. One company, Areva Pharmeceuticals, increased the price to $2,736, Stat News reported on October 27. This…

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By: Bridget Brown
November 9, 2022
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