Hospital drug shortages: What is really causing them?

April 13th, 2017

Most of us assume that a saline IV drip for dehydration or a nitroglycerin injection for heart attack symptoms would be available at any hospital any time in the U.S. Yet both are on a growing list of drug shortages. Currently, the FDA’s Drug Shortage Program (DSP) lists 60 drugs, mostly generic injectables, that are […]

Persistent sterile injectable drugs shortages put patients at risk

April 13th, 2017

­Hospitals experiencing a shortage of generic sterile injectable drugs will likely see a spike in their mortality rates, according to a new study. Researchers have found a “strong and consistent” link between between norepinephrine shortages and increased septic shock mortality rates in hospitals, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American […]

RELIANCE WHOLESALE NAMED TO TOP 500 PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES IN 2014 BY DIVERSITYBUSINESS.COM

June 23rd, 2014

DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s leading multicultural social media site, has recently acknowledged Reliance Wholesale, Inc. as one of the United States’ “Top Businesses” for 2014. According to the site, this exclusive ranking is a reflection of Reliance Wholesale’s overall vision, leadership and economic accomplishments in moving the US economy forward. The award, known as the Div500, […]

NBC News – Drug shortages down overall, but some linger longer

September 10th, 2012

America’s drug shortage crisis appears to be easing, with a big drop in new reports of vital medications in short supply, including those used to treat cancer and other illnesses. At the same time, though, ongoing shortages of drugs used for basic care — think propofol for anesthesia and morphine for pain relief — aren’t […]

Q&A: Partners’ chief of pharmacy discusses generics, shortages

September 10th, 2012

Margaret Clapp, RPh, chief of pharmacy at Boston-based Partners HealthCare spoke recently with Healthcare Finance News Editor René Letourneau about the biggest challenges currently facing the pharmacy. Q: A recent report from the Generic Pharmaceutical Association claims that generics have saved the U.S. healthcare system $1 trillion in the last 10 years. What have generics […]

Connecting the Dots: How Anticompetitive Contracting Practices, Kickbacks, and Self-dealing by Hospital Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) Caused the U. S. Drug Shortage

January 19th, 2012

How Anticompetitive Contracting Practices, Kickbacks, and Self-dealing by Hospital Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) Caused the U. S. Drug Shortage

Small Distributors – What You Should Know

January 12th, 2012

Understanding the crucial role small distributors play in the pharmaceutical distribution landscape

THE CAUSES OF DRUG SHORTAGES AND PROPOSALS FOR REPAIRING THESE MARKETS

December 6th, 2011

The Causes of Drug Shortages and Proposals for Repairing these Markets

PHARMACEUTICAL COMMERCE FINDS PREMIER REPORT INACCURATE IN REPORTING DRUG PRICE PROFIT MARGINS OF SMALL DISTRIBUTORS

December 1st, 2011

A report by Premier Healthcare Alliance incorrectly calculated the percent markup charged by small distributors, overstating…

Drug Shortages: A Pharmacy Informatics Perspective

April 27th, 2011

Managing drug shortages is daunting because the impact of one drug shortage on any health system…