Lack of data, warning make drug shortages worse, survey says

09/24/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Drug shortages are exacerbated by a lack of information and advance warning from manufacturers and the FDA, according to a survey of 1,800 pharmacists, physicians and other practitioners. The report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices found 80% of survey respondents said they had trouble finding a good alternative, while 64% said shortages were linked to a risk of adverse patient outcomes.

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