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Publication Type: Newsletter
Single or Multiple Incident: Multiple
Date: 11/13/2019 12:00:00 AM
Country: Canada

This alert discusses the patient safety incidents that may occur when medication usually taken is not available due to a drug shortage. When a drug shortage occurs, a substitute medication may be given that is the same medication but a different strength or different dosage form. At times it may be necessary to change to a new medication. Sometimes these changes can result in mistakes with the new medication. The newsletter provides an example of a near miss where a medication incident was avoided because the consumer asked the right questions when receiving a new medication. The newsletter provides several suggestions for consumers whose medications need to be changed because of a drug shortage. These suggestions are available in the recommendations section of this alert.

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When Medications Are Not Available Due to a Drug Shortage