US reach­es new record of 320+ drugs in ac­tive short­age, group says

The num­ber of drugs in ac­tive short­age has reached an all-time high in the US, with 48 new med­i­cines added to the list so far this year, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port by the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Health-Sys­tem Phar­ma­cists (ASHP).

The 323 drugs in short­age in the first quar­ter of this year is the high­est it’s been since ASHP start­ed col­lect­ing da­ta, ac­cord­ing to the group. The num­ber of un­re­solved short­ages has wa­vered around 300 in the past six quar­ters. ASHP rep­re­sents 60,000 phar­ma­cists in the US and has been track­ing drug short­ages since 2001.

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