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Drug Shortages Statistics

National Drug Shortages: New Shortages by Year

January 2001 to September 30, 2020

   Annual New Shortages by Year 

Note: Each column represents the number of new shortages identified during that year.
University of Utah Drug Information Service
Contact: Erin.Fox@hsc.utah.edu, @foxerinr for more information.

 

National Drug Shortages: New Shortages by Year - Percent Injectable

January 2001 to September 30, 2020, % Injectable

 Annual New Shortages by Year- % Injectable 

Note: Each column represents the number of new shortages identified during that year.
University of Utah Drug Information Service
Contact: Erin.Fox@hsc.utah.edu@foxerinr for more information.

 

National Drug Shortages: Active Shortages by Quarter

September 30, 2020

Active Shortages by Quarter 

Note: Each point represents the number of active shortages at the end of each quarter.
University of Utah Drug Information Service
Contact: Erin.Fox@hsc.utah.edu@foxerinr for more information.

 

National Drug Shortages: Active Shortages Top 5 Drug Classes

Active Shortages September 30, 2020

Active Shortages--Top Five Drug Classes 

University of Utah Drug Information Service
Contact: Erin.Fox@hsc.utah.edu, @foxerinr for more information.

 

National Drug Shortages: Common Drug Classes in Short Supply

New Shortages Reported: 2015–2019

Common Drug Classes in Short Supply 

University of Utah Drug Information Service
Contact: Erin.Fox@hsc.utah.edu, @foxerinr for more information.

 

National Drug Shortages

Reasons for Shortages as Determined by UUDIS During Investigation — 2019

Reasons for Shortages - 2016    

University of Utah Drug Information Service
Contact: Erin.Fox@hsc.utah.edu, @foxerinr for more information.

What Do These Numbers Mean?

  • Hospitals were already experiencing shortages of key injectable drugs prior to COVID-19.
  • Unprecedented demand due to large numbers of critically ill patients with COVID-19 is worsening shortages, especially analgesics, sedatives, and paralytics.
  • The rate of new shortages is slowing, however ongoing and active shortages are not resolving.     

 

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