Section 2 – Selection, Procurement and Distribution: Statement 2.5
20 years ago, medicines shortages were something we as Europeans didn't have in mind when discussing problems around hospital pharmacy. But in the last decade it became a daily problem and a real pain in the neck for hospital pharmacists (and even retail pharmacists) around the world. In several countries, special measures were put in place to deal with this problem. But in most countries, nothing was done against the reasons for drug shortages. The speakers of this seminar will give an overview on the impact of drug shortages on patient outcome and the workload for hospital pharmacists due to drug shortages and discuss the different possible actions to deal with or better avoid drug shortages in hospitals.
Educational need addressed
Keywords: medicines shortage, drug shortage, pharmaceutical industry