Frequently Asked Questions for Pharmacists on Drug Shortages
THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES FOR PHARMACIES CONCERNING IV FLUID SHORTAGES. As many pharmacists know, Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico has interrupted supplies of IV fluids. This document provides additional resources and information on the shortage, FDA’s responses, and suggested means of mitigating the shortage’s effects on patient care.
Q: Why are there so many drugs in shortage? Where can I get more information on shortages?
A: Drug shortages continue to plague patients and pharmacists. For pharmacists seeking information about known drug shortages, their cause, and anticipated resolution, the FDA compiles a useful datasheet, which may be accessed here: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/drugshortages/default.cfm.