Drug shortages occur when the demand for a drug exceeds the supply. Causes can include supply chain issues, manufacturing and quality problems, delays, and discontinuations. Increased demand can also cause shortages due to the prevalence of diseases and prescriber’s choices of appropriate medications, often limited by formularies specific to the patients being treated. Drug shortages can impact patient care and may require healthcare providers to find alternative treatments. 

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AAP News Updates on Pediatric Drug, Immunization and Device Shortages

AAP News has been covering the shortages and alternatives for patients. View recent articles. Shortages should be reported to the Food and Drug Administration.

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