Medication Shortages And Health Care Handling Prescription Drugs

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Medication Shortages Calli R. Beasley University of Arkansas Abstract As a critical care nurse the concern with medication shortages really hits home. In my current practice I have been asked by our hospital pharmacy to decrease the amount of Ativan given to a patient because the supply was low and they did not have any more to restock our omnicell. I am unsure the reason behind this particular shortage, but several other drugs we currently use are in low supply, most importantly epinephrine. Epinephrine is a life-saving medication, not only for supply on our code carts for cardiac arrest, but available in injection form for people with severe allergies. The shortage affects everyone, from oncology patients to cardiac patients. Recent policy changes have been made in order to correct the major shortages to help keep these life-saving drugs on the market and available to the people that need them. Medication Shortages Working in health care handling prescription drugs is something that most nurses probably do not think twice about. That is until you are asked to decrease the frequency in which you are giving a medication. Though the prescription drug shortage is not something we may necessarily think about on a day to day basis, it is something that affects everyone in healthcare. The shortages affect what treatment options a patient may have or determining if there are other medications for substitution in the event the production of a drug is halted. Though we think

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