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Drug Shortages: A Complex Health Care Crisis

Overview of attention for article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, March 2014
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#23 of 3,397)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (98th percentile)

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63 news outlets
blogs
3 blogs
twitter
15 tweeters

Citations

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96 Dimensions

Readers on

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136 Mendeley
Title
Drug Shortages: A Complex Health Care Crisis
Published in
Mayo Clinic Proceedings, March 2014
DOI 10.1016/j.mayocp.2013.11.014
Pubmed ID
Authors

Erin R. Fox, Burgunda V. Sweet, Valerie Jensen

Abstract

National tracking of drug shortages began in 2001. However, a significant increase in the number of shortages began in late 2009, with numbers reaching what many have termed crisis level. The typical drug in short supply is a generic product administered by injection. Common classes of drugs affected by shortages include anesthesia medications, antibiotics, pain medications, nutrition and electrolyte products, and chemotherapy agents. The economic and clinical effects of drug shortages are significant. The financial effect of drug shortages is estimated to be hundreds of millions of dollars annually for health systems across the United States. Clinically, patients have been harmed by the lack of drugs or inferior alternatives, resulting in more than 15 documented deaths. Drug shortages occur for a variety of reasons. Generic injectable drugs are particularly susceptible to drug shortages because there are few manufacturers of these products and all manufacturers are running at full capacity. In addition, some manufacturers have had production problems, resulting in poor quality product. Although many suppliers are working to upgrade facilities and add additional manufacturing lines, these activities take time. A number of stakeholder organizations have been involved in meetings to further determine the causes and effects of drug shortages. A new law was enacted in July 2012 that granted the Food and Drug Administration additional tools to address the drug shortage crisis. The future of drug shortages is unknown, but there are hopeful indications that quality improvements and additional capacity may decrease the number of drug shortages in the years to come.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 1%
Unknown 134 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 28 21%
Student > Bachelor 25 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 13%
Researcher 16 12%
Other 12 9%
Other 22 16%
Unknown 16 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 32 24%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 29 21%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 5%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 7 5%
Social Sciences 7 5%
Other 32 24%
Unknown 22 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 538. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 26 March 2020.
All research outputs
#16,647
of 14,570,931 outputs
Outputs from Mayo Clinic Proceedings
#23
of 3,397 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#205
of 189,757 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Mayo Clinic Proceedings
#1
of 54 outputs
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