American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP): Drug Shortages Reach All-Time High

During the first quarter of 2024, ASHP and the University of Utah Drug Information Service, tracked 323 active shortages. This is an all-time high, surpassing the previous record of 320 shortages in 2014.

All drug classes are vulnerable to shortages. Some of the most worrying shortages involve generic sterile injectable medications, including cancer chemotherapy drugs and emergency medications stored in hospital crash carts and procedural areas. Ongoing national shortages of therapies for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder also remain a serious challenge for clinicians and patients.

Learn more by viewing the drug shortage tracker from ASHP.