Drug Shortages

Main Points

  • Emergency department drug shortages are on the rise, increasing by 435 percent between 2008 and 2014.i
  • Not having the most effective drugs to treat high acuity conditions can be especially serious for emergency patients.
  • Ninety percent of hospitals experienced drug shortages in the last half of 2010, and 80 percent said the shortages had resulted in a delay or cancellation of a patient intervention.ii
  • Emergency physicians are dedicated specialists who mobilize resources to diagnose and treat every kind of medical emergency.

Drug Shortages Fact Sheet

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