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Medicines shortages – 99% of hospital pharmacists experience difficulties

12 Mar, 13 | by kuppell

A survey focusing on the prevalence of medicines shortages found that 99% of responding hospital pharmacists had experienced difficulties with medicines shortages in the past year. The survey was carried out by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) and 346 hospital pharmacists from 25 countries took part. Sixty-three per cent of hospital pharmacists reported medicines shortages to be a weekly, sometimes daily, occurrence. Areas commonly experiencing shortages were identified as oncology (71% of respondents), emergency medicine (44%) and cardiovascular medicine (35%).

Announcing the results at an event in the European Parliament on access to medicines EAHP President Roberto Frontini said: ‘These headline results confirm what I have increasingly heard from our members across Europe: that the shortages problem is widespread, doesn’t respect national borders, and urgently requires attention if patient care and health services are not to suffer’. EAHP will present the full results of its survey at the EAHP Congress in Paris (March 13-15th, 2013).

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