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FDA Launches Drug Shortages App

Mon, Mar 9, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration released a mobile app, available for both Apple and Android devices, to allow rapid access to drug shortage information.

IV Fluid Shortage: EMS Can Help

Tue, Mar 25, 2014

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) released an urgent call to action on March 20, 2014 describing immediate actions healthcare providers, hospitals, and EMS services can take to alleviate the current acute shortage of large volume intravenous solutions.

Drug Shortages: Are You Part of the Problem?

Thu, Nov 14, 2013

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report issued in October 2013 lists steps the agency has taken to alleviate drug shortages in the United States. If you read between the lines, there is a suggestion that buyers (not just hospitals, but fire and EMS) may share responsibility for drug shortages.

FDA Acts on Drug Shortages

Wed, Nov 6, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drugs Administration announced October 31, 2013 that the agency has taken two steps expected to help reduce critical drug shortages.

GlaxoSmithKline Awarded Up to $200M by U.S. to Develop New Antibiotics

Fri, May 24, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plc and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have agreed to a first of its kind collaboration that will support the development of several antibiotics to fight antibiotic resistance and bioterrorism.

Fire EMS: FDA Seeks Drug Shortage Comments

Thu, Feb 28, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is soliciting comments in drafting a strategic plan on drug shortages.

Drug Shortages Reach Crisis Levels

Fri, Mar 16, 2012

The number of drugs in short or non-existent availability during 2012 is unprecedented.  Shortages of critical emergency medications and live saving cancer drugs have seriously affected patients. 

Drug Shortages Harming Patients

Mon, Aug 1, 2011

Patients are suffering and even dying as a result of a series of never-before-seen medication shortages.

EMS Medication Shortage Over, For No

Tue, Dec 28, 2010

The FDA declared an end to shortages of dextrose 50% and epinephrine preload emergency syringes, two of most in-demand EMS pharmaceuticals.

FDA: Prefilled Syringe Warning

Thu, Dec 2, 2010

The FDA warned resuscitation teams, ICUs, and EMS that certain prefilled glass medication syringes may break off, malfunction or clog when a user attempts to connect them to needleless intravenous tubing sets.

Current Medication Shortages

Tue, Aug 17, 2010

A recent change in FDA requirements resulted in multiple manufacturers discontinuing production of medications, especially certain preloaded medication syringes in common use by Prehospital and hospital emergency responders.


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