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Drug Shortages: Single-Institution Policy Offers Guidance

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Drug Shortages: Single-Institution Policy Offers Guidance

Troy Brown

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September 24, 2012 — A medication shortage policy has been found to be fair and effective after 1 year of use at a large medical center. The policy was developed to help clinicians, hospitals, and pharmacies cope with medication shortages, which have become increasingly common in recent years.

Philip M. Rosoff, MD, director of clinical ethics at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues describe their policy, and how it was used to manage shortages of 2 medications, in an article published online September 24 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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