(2013; 24 pages)
Medicine shortages have become a complex global problem. In some countries medicine shortages tripled between 2005 and 2010. There is evidence that these shortages are worsening with time, creating ever more difficulties for healthcare professionals, and compromising patient safety. Such shortages have also serious implications in terms of additional costs and staff workloads, possibly as much as hundreds of millions of dollars in expenses every year. The causes of these shortages are several and multidimensional in the context of a complex global supply chain. As a result, there is a growing concern amongst healthcare professionals about the future of medicine supplies worldwide.
In light of this growing concern, delegates from around the world gathered in Toronto in June 2013 to attend the first-ever "International Summit on Medicine Shortages" hosted by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), and co-hosted by the Canadian Pharmacists Association. The purpose of the Summit was to provide a forum to discuss the causes, impacts, and solutions to the global issue of medicine shortages through a multi-stakeholder approach involving representatives from governments, healthcare practitioners and professional bodies, industry, and patients.