Medicines shortages: Global approaches to addressing shortages of essential medicines in health systems. (WHO Drug Information Vol. 30, No. 2, 2016)
(2016; 6 pages)


Shortages of essential drugs are becoming increasingly frequent globally, burdening health systems with additional costs and posing risks to the health of patients who fail to receive the medicines they need.

The problem has received increasing attention in recent years. Building on the outcomes of previous discussions, participants at a WHO-convened technical consultation reviewed the factors contributing to medicines shortages and discussed approaches that could be effective to prevent and manage them at the global scale.

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