Lenaiya Kydd

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Honors Thesis


The idea of American hospitals running out of medicine was not perceived to be possible, but it is a current reality. The impact of high demands and low supplies of some drugs has delivered a tough financial blow to healthcare facilities. In recent years, the number of recorded drug shortages has continuously grown and has created challenges in the healthcare industry. Delayed treatments, adverse outcomes or even death, with the use of alternative medicine have led to patients being negatively impacted. The reasons for drug shortages are multi-faceted, ranging from manufacturers challenged by FDA inspections to inadequate access to raw materials sourced internationally. Although permanent and sustained solutions are still pending, facilities have taken interim actions to manage the problem internally. Furthermore, laws have been pursued to force manufacturers to communicate anticipated drug shortages by key stakeholders like the Food and Drug Administration and healthcare facilities.

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