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Wednesday, August 1 • 7:15am - 8:15am
The Impact of Drug Shortages: Clinical Perspectives and Mitigation Strategies

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  Abstract:  In 2011, more than 260 medications were in short supply in the United States, with a significant number of those including injectable and critical medications with few alternatives. Notification of these shortages is most often incomplete and delayed, making mitigation strategies difficult for health-care providers. This session will provide a review of the most updated position of drug shortages in the United States, along with the current U.S. legislation and manufacturer efforts that are being made to attempt to alleviate the shortage. An assessment of the impact at facility, system and group purchasing organization levels will be discussed. Various mitigation strategies for critical shortages will also be offered.

Learning Objectives:
     1.    Participants will be able to describe the severity of the drug shortage crisis to date.
     2.    Participants will be able to devise mitigation strategies to assist in the ongoing        shortage of critical medications.
     3.    Participants will be able to recognize the current U.S. legislation and manufacturer     efforts that are being made to attempt to alleviate the shortage.


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Stephanie Thompson, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Stephanie Thompson, PharmD, MBA, BCPS specialized in adult and pediatric critical care for 8 years before broadening her focus on best practice strategy in corporate healthcare. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, and went on to complete a two-year post-doctoral residency in Pharmacotherapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in... Read More →

Robert Fink, PharmD

Robert Fink, PharmD, has served as the chief pharmacy executive for Community Health Systems for the past 11 years. He received B.S. and PharmD from Mercer University and an MBA from East Tennessee State University. He is a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a 2013 FACHE candidate. He also holds memberships in the Federation of American Hospitals, American College of Clinical Pharmacy, American Society for... Read More →

Wednesday August 1, 2012 7:15am - 8:15am
Room 119

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