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Prospective approach to managing antimicrobial drug shortages.

Abstract

Antimicrobial drug shortages continue to increase, with few new therapeutic options available. Nationally, proposals have been offered to alleviate drug shortages; however, these recommendations are unlikely to effect change in the near future. Thus, antimicrobial stewardship leaders in acute care hospitals must develop a prospective management strategy to lessen the impact of these shortages on patient care. Herein, we describe several resources available to aid professionals in antimicrobial stewardship and healthcare epidemiology to manage drug shortages. An effective approach should include prospectively tracking shortages and maximizing inventory by appropriately managing usage. Several tenets should underpin this management. Alternative agents should be rationally chosen before the inventory of the primary agent has reached zero, ethical considerations should be taken into account, and timely notification and communication with key stakeholders should occur throughout the prescribing and dispensing process.

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  • Authors

    Griffith MM, Patel JA, Sutton SH, Bolon MK, Esterly JS, Gross AE, Postelnick MJ, Zembower TR, Scheetz MH

    Institution

    Department of Pharmacy Practice, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA.

    Source

    Infection control and hospital epidemiology : the official journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America 33:7 2012 Jul pg 745-52

    MeSH

    Anti-Infective Agents
    Humans
    Pharmacy Service, Hospital

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22669238