Managing Medicine Shortages Toolkit

Miljković, Nenad and Godman, Brian and Bochenek, Tomasz and Huys, Isabelle (2021) Managing Medicine Shortages Toolkit. European Cooperation in Science and Technology, Brussels.

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Medical practitioners must act quickly and responsibly when faced with the shortage of an emergency care drug in order to prevent any adverse consequences and continue to provide safe, optimal care to patients. However, delivering reliably safe care must be carried out actively. Guidelines therefore must be put into place in order to meet the challenges when combating a shortage as to be able to account for providing care under difficult situations. Furthermore, these guidelines must take into account any regulations stipulating policies in clinical practice. This toolkit seeks to provide a variety of good practices in risk assessment including prospective methods, which serves as informal requirements to be implemented in healthcare settings. The recommendations of, when applied in practice, must also be done in a process-driven manner.