The Canadian Pharmacist Association is looking for a way to track drug shortages. They would like to get drug manufactures and hospitals to participate in a national reporting system. It’s a great idea and one that I think could provide value.
We’ve been fortunate in the United States as the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) have been instrumental in helping pharmacists deal with the issue. In fact the article goes as far as to say that the shortages “have prompted physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals to call for a national registry or portal modelled on one hosted by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists” Kudos to ASHP.
Don’t expect shortages to go away anytime soon. In the meantime creating a registry to track them might be the way to go.
The article is available for free here.