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  • Recommendations for addressing ongoing shortages of essential medicines have been made by a group of US healthcare organisations.

    US healthcare groups recommend ways of tackling ongoing drug shortages Subscription

    11 FEB 2015 16:57 By Ingrid Torjesen
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    Recommendations for addressing ongoing shortages of essential medicines have been made by a group of US healthcare organisations.

  • US FDA launches app that alerts public about drug shortages Subscription

    5 MAR 2015 16:40

    A mobile app that allows users to track drug shortages in the United States has been launched by the US Food and Drug Administration.

  • Tackling medicines shortages Subscription

    23 NOV 2012 14:59

    Perhaps we should not be surprised that the Department of Health’s response to the All-Party Pharmacy Group report into medicines shortages is quite muted and laissez-faire.

  • Epipen Autoinjector Adrenaline Epinephrine

    Supply of adrenaline auto-injectors returns to normal

    29 NOV 2018 9:11

    The interim protocol for the dispensing of adrenaline 150 microgram auto-injectors will cease to be in effect from 29 November 2018, the NHS has said.

  • Stock shortages for Amdipharm Mercury Subscription

    21 NOV 2014 10:08

    The following products are out of stock from Amdipharm Mercury. Supply is expected to resume by the end of December 2014: bupivacaine and adrenaline injection 0.25%w/v, 1 in 200,000, 10ml x 10; Diamox (acetazolamide) SR prolonged-release capsules x 30; gentamycin and hydrocortisone acetate ear drops, 0.3%/1%w/v, 10ml; gentamycin eye/ear drops 0.3%w/v, 10ml; guanethidine monosulphate ampoules 10mg/ml x 5; phenindione tablets 25mg x 28.

  • EpiPen auto-injector

    Stock levels sufficient for at least two adrenaline auto-injectors per prescription

    7 NOV 2018 15:26

    Patients presenting with a prescription can now be given at least two adrenaline 150 microgram auto-injectors that are either in date or have a formally extended expiry date, according to a revised interim protocol issued by the Department of Health and Social Care.

  • An EpiPen brand adrenaline auto-injector

    Small children prioritised under emergency protocol to tackle 'critical' EpiPen shortage

    18 OCT 2018 10:19

    Supplies of adrenaline auto-injectors for children are now “critical” and are being rationed with new national guidance for community pharmacists being introduced across England.

  • A pharmacy technician checking stocks at a hospital pharmacy

    Responding to disruptions in the pharmaceutical supply chain Subscription

    6 FEB 2019 14:44 By Paul Morris

    Economic, manufacturing and regulatory factors can affect drug shortages and supply chain disruption. By using a mixed-methods approach involving an online survey, semi-structured interviews and three targeted focus groups aimed at acute care hospitals in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, this study determined that over half of the responding acute care hospitals did not have 76–100% of medicine lines fulfilled within 8 weeks of a disruption in the supply chain.

  • There have been over one million arrivals to Europe by land and sea in 2015. Syrians represent around two-thirds of arrivals from Eastern Mediterranean route. In the image, refugees trying to get into Germany from the Slovenian border

    Q&A: Providing healthcare during the European refugee crisis Subscription

    3 FEB 2016 15:21 By Benedict Lam

    Pharmacist Miguel Serrano from Médecins Sans Frontières discusses the challenges with providing medicines to refugees and asylum seekers.

  • PSNC executive Sue Sharpe

    PSNC in 'urgent talks' with government over medicine shortages

    27 SEP 2017 13:51 By Kathy Oxtoby

    The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has announced that it is in “urgent discussions” with the Department of Health about the problems and risks involved in pharmacies not being able to obtain vital medicines for patients.

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