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On 7 April, the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) published the results of its 2019 Medicines Shortages Survey which for the first time also collected feedback from patients, nurses, physicians and other healthcare professionals. Responses showed that the problem of shortages continued to grow with delays in care or therapy, suboptimal treatment, including inferior efficacy, and cancellation of care being mentioned as the most frequent type of impacts felt by patients.
The data collected by EAHP between November 2019 and mid-January 2020 aimed at obtaining more information on reasons for and management of medicines shortages as well as details on their impact on patients. For hospital pharmacists, the global shortage of an active pharmaceutical ingredient as well as manufacturing and supply chain problems ranked the highest, while physicians included the pricing of a medicine, supply chain problems and issues related …
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