Background and importance Drugs shortages are becoming more important. It is necessary to gather specific data in order to mitigate the effects.
Aim and objectives Data from a national purchasing group were analysed to build a national view of shortages and their evolution regarding therapeutic area.
Material and methods A 4 year retrospective study (1 June 2014 to 31 May 2018) was undertaken using data from a national purchasing group and consolidated with data from an adherent hospital. Different indicators were calculated using the anatomic, therapeutic and chemical (ATC) classification: unavailability profiles (shortage; quota—quantitative or qualitative—limitation of delivery; and issues), number of recurrences, median durations and unavailability rates (number of shortages divided by number of drugs available in an ATC class).
Results Each ATC class was studied (1305 drugs); 5 had the most impact (table 1).
A peak occurred in 2017 for all classes, except V class. In J class, there was a lack of penicillin combinations (seven drugs) in the first quarter of 2017, and at the end of the quarter there were shortages of third generation cephalosporins.
Conclusion and relevance All classes were affected. Rippling effects in J class may be assumed regarding the evolution of drug shortages. That may lead to worse consequences, such as antibiotic resistance or disruptions to patient care.
References and/or acknowledgements No conflict of interest.
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