Drug Shortages in the US: Causes and What the FDA Is Doing to Prevent New Shortages

Erin Fox, PharmD, Michelle Wheeler, PharmD


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Resources for Health Care Providers Faced With Drug Shortages

Clinicians have multiple drug shortage resources to reduce the impact on their patients. The American Society of Health System Pharmacists Drug Shortages Resource Center (www.ashp.org/shortage) provides alternative agents and information regarding access. Additionally, the FDA is providing information to pharmacists and other healthcare providers at its drug shortage website and through Division of Drug Information webinars on prescription drug shortages (Division of Drug Information Nov. 6, 2012 Webinar: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ucm322389.htm).