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Key Themes Around Drug Shortages and Why They Still Exist

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Apr 11, 2019 2:15:00 PM

No doubt you’ve heard it said before, but drug shortages really have become the new normal. Shortages have grown more persistent and long-lasting over the years. Some have even been active for more than eight years! The intensity of shortages also remains high – as does the public health impact. At a November 2018 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug shortage summit, FDA task force members provided a succinct summary with some key themes of the current situation facing hospitals today:

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Taking Action to Better Manage Drug Shortages

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Mar 21, 2019 9:12:00 AM

Mar. 21, 2019 - Recently, I came across a series of detailed graphs showing drug shortage statistics that provides a snapshot of the ongoing epidemic of drug shortages from 2001 to 2018. These statistics were compiled by the University of Utah Drug Information Service and published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The seven graphs revealed the rate of new shortages is increasing. Long-term active and ongoing shortages are not being resolved. There are also inadequate supplies of basic drugs, which has a serious negative impact on patient care and pharmacy operations.

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Topics: Drug Shortages, Drug Shortage Management

How Drug Shortages Are Impacting Drug Prices in 2019 - Part 3

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Mar 7, 2019 8:11:00 AM

Mar. 6, 2019 - Welcome to Part 3 of our blog series examining the drug shortage crisis. Part 1 covered the rapid increase in prices and the types of drugs most commonly affected. Part 2 delved deeper into the impact on hospital systems’ ability to manage drug spending and shortages. Here in Part 3, we’re looking closer at drug shortage impact on clinical staffing and the effect on patient care.

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How Drug Shortages Are Impacting Drug Prices in 2019 - Part 2

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Feb 22, 2019 12:05:00 PM

Feb. 21, 2019 - Welcome to part two of a three-part blog series about the drug shortage crisis. Part one covered the rapid increase in prices and the types of drugs most commonly affected. Here in Part two we’re delving deeper into the impact on hospital systems’ ability to manage drug spending and shortages.

These posts are inspired by insights from the January 2019 report, “Recent Trends in Hospital Drug Spending and Manufacturer Shortages,” which was issued jointly with the American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 

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How Drug Shortages Are Impacting Drug Prices in 2019 - Part 1

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Feb 8, 2019 10:21:08 AM

Feb. 8, 2019 - We’re all familiar with skyrocketing prescription drug prices and the challenges posed by drug shortages. Thanks to a new report, we now have a better understanding of the extent of the problem.

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Topics: Drug Shortages, Drug Prices

Effective Drug Shortage Management: New Strategies and Solutions

Posted by Dr. Brita Hansen on Jan 25, 2019 12:48:56 PM

The Drug Shortage Epidemic: How Bad Is It, Really?

Jan. 25, 2018 - The drug shortage crisis continues with no end in sight.  The number and duration of prescription drug shortages is growing, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Annals of Internal Medicine also reported that prescription drug shortages cause an estimated $230 million in additional costs annually due to rising prices of drugs under shortage and the higher costs of substitutes. However, there are real consequences beyond the hard-dollar costs. 

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Topics: The Drug Shortage App, Drug Shortages, Drug Shortage Management

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Brita Hansen, MD, is Chief Medical Officer at LogicStream Health. Dr. Hansen is also a practicing internal medicine hospitalist and has served as a healthcare system executive, most recently as Chief Health Information Officer at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Dr. Brita’s Blog covers a range of topics, including:

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