Rationing Salt Water - Disaster Planning and Daily Care Delivery

New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 55.87). 03/2014; 370(17). DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1401833
Source: PubMed


Over the past several years, drug shortages have continued to complicate the routine delivery of health care in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently tracking nearly 100 shortages resulting from a host of causes, such as the consolidation of markets and manufacturers, limited availability of raw materials, and quality problems resulting in product recalls and delivery interruptions (see Examples of Drug Shortages Listed on the FDA Website for examples).(1) Clinicians have become accustomed to these deficiencies, and they troubleshoot accordingly. Yet there are important implications for the quality and safety of patient care, since clinicians . . .

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