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Surviving drug shortages by eliminating the middlemen
Modern Healthcare

Hospital systems now routinely deal with an uncomfortable number of active drug shortages, so they’re forging direct relationships with manufacturers and buying directly from the source when the usual channels dry up. There were 185 drugs in shortage as of the fourth quarter of 2015, and the figure has averaged about 257 since the start of 2011, according to the University of Utah Drug Information Service. Some of the products in short supply are vital, such as the epinephrine administered with CPR to reverse cardiac arrest and the antibiotic meropenem.