AHA Encourages Hospitals to Complete Drug Shortage Survey

The AHA e-mailed all hospital CEOs instructions for completing a brief survey on the impact of the nation’s growing drug shortages on hospitals and their patients. The AHA asks that hospitals complete the survey, which will help the association advocate for changes to address the shortages, by June 17. In the past year, the Food and Drug Administration reported a record number of drug shortages across all classes of drugs.

“This issue is of significant concern to hospitals and health systems as drug shortages have had serious consequences for patient safety, quality of care and access to therapies,” AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said in a letter accompanying the survey. “Shortages also are costly to hospitals and health systems in terms of staff time and other resources needed to manage the shortages, and the increased cost of buying off-contract and alternative drugs.” For more information on the survey, contact AHA Member Relations at (800) 424-4301.

06-03-2011 02:04 (EDT)