Tuesday, November 13, 2018

EAHP's 2018 Survey on Medicines Shortages

On 7 November 2018, EAHP released the results of its 2018 Medicines Shortages Survey. The launch event of the report summarising the findings from the largest pan-Europe survey on medicines supply shortages took place at the Press Club in Brussels.
The results of the 2018 Medicines Shortages Survey underline that medicines shortages remain a major problem for patients in European hospitals. In a number of ways the issues have become more troublesome since the publication of EAHP’s last survey results in 2014. In particular the percentage of hospital pharmacists reporting shortages to be an issue in terms of delivering the best care to patients has seen a significant increase with 91.8% respondents, compared to 86.2% in 2014, stressing that medicines shortages are a problem faced in their hospital pharmacy.
Many hospital pharmacists highlighted the need for more timely and accurate information on medicines shortages. EAHP is consequently calling on all supply chain actors, the European Commission and national governments to help improve the collection of information about medicines shortages in Europe. Only a comprehensive communication strategy on shortages targeting all European states will ensure that all supply chain actors, including hospital pharmacists, receive adequate information on the shortage of medicines in their countries.

Results from the 2018 Medicines Shortages Survey


The report is available HERE

The information of the report is also summarised for:
  • patients (leaflet is available HERE), 
  • other healthcare professionals (leaflet is available HERE),
  • hospital managers (leaflet is available HERE), 
  • government officials (leaflet is available HERE) and 
  • industry (leaflet is available HERE).
Country specific information was prepared for: 
  • France (leaflet is available HERE), 
  • Germany (leaflet is available HERE), 
  • Italy (leaflet is available HERE), 
  • Spain (leaflet is available HERE) and the 
  • United Kingdom (leaflet is available HERE).