Drug Supply Chains

Recent News

Jun 13, 2022
Pharmacy in Montreal

Pandemic policy changes in Canada appear to have eased Rx drug shortages

Shortages peaked in April 2020, at 2,345, up from 901 shortages 5 years earlier.

May 27, 2022
Worker at drug manufacturing plant

New ASPR report bares frayed, fractured US drug supply chains

Report characterizes risks in the 100-day supply chains of 143 essential prescription drugs.

May 23, 2022
Arm hooked up to IV

Report: US plant closure portends drug shortages—some critical

A plant closing could affect 5 essential generic drugs for which Teva had an over 15% market share.

May 06, 2022
Stephen Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD

RDSP's Schondelmeyer named to End Drug Shortages Alliance board

The alliance aims to boost transparency, communication, quality, redundancy, and production.

Apr 18, 2022
Child in hospital bed

RDSP maps medicine supply to US to predict, prevent shortages (part 2 of 2)

"When prescription drugs are not affordable or accessible for any reason, consumers can experience lost work days, disease...

Mar 31, 2022
Man taking warehouse inventory

Supply map created to predict drug shortages, find solutions (part 1 of 2)

The Medicine Supply Map uses more than 40 datasets to predict drug shortages and pinpoint what drives them.

Mar 15, 2022
Huge container ship

NASEM report urges medical supply chain transparency, agility

Medical supply chain disruptions "have the potential to seriously compromise patient care."

Feb 28, 2022
Row of medical oxygen tanks

Medical oxygen supplies running out in besieged Ukraine

Oxygen supplies are needed for the nation's 1,700 hospitalized COVID-19 patients and other critically ill patients.

Feb 24, 2022
Woman with pill packet and long instruction sheet

Patients, pharma execs express low trust in drug supply chains

Fully 40% of patients who rely on prescription drugs suspect that supply chain disruptions will put them at risk.

Feb 16, 2022
Pharmacy storage room with robot arm

Physician survey reveals cracks in the US drug supply chain

Of respondents, 95% say the pandemic revealed drug supply chain vulnerabilities.

Online Resources

Recent Literature

Grist TM, Canon CL, Fishman EK, et al. Short-, mid-, and long-term strategies to manage the shortage of iohexol. Radiology 2022 (published online May 19)

Lau B, Tadrous M, Chu C, et al. COVID-19 and the prevalence of drug shortages in Canada: a cross-sectional time-series analysis from April 2017 to April 2022. Can Med Assoc J 2022 Jun 13;194(23):e801-6

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