Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
REIS, Adriano Max Moreira and PERINI, Edson. Drug shortage: determinants, consequences and management. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, suppl., pp.603-610. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000700009.
The present study analyzes drug shortage as a problem reaching beyond the logistic aspect of the health field and discusses its consequences with respect to quality, safety and cost of health care delivery. The pharmaceutical supply chain and the factors that determine the distribution and availability of drugs are discussed. The contribution of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee in preventing and managing drug shortage in health institutions is stressed and measures for drug shortage management are suggested. Finally it is emphasized that drugs should be considered health products rather than consumer goods and as such be given a different treatment by the supply chain.
Keywords : Logistics; Pharmaceutical market; Supply chain; Drug shortages.