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Demystifying the Current Drug Shortage Problem in EMS

The following post is co-authored by two special guests:

Jonathan D. Washko, BS-EMSA, NREMT-P, AEMD andScott Matin, MBA, NREMT-P

In a recent meeting held in Washington DC, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the EMS industry and other key industry players were invited to learn more about why the current drug shortage situation exists. Those that attended the meeting were fortunate to be addressed by a panel of experts from the FDA, HHS, drug manufacturers, drug suppliers and a variety of EMS providers and industry trade Associations.

How did we get into this situation?

It became quickly evident that the problem being experienced by the EMS industry along with other emergency health service providers is due to a variety of unmanaged but tightly integrated series of manufacturing, regulatory, supply chain and end user processes and practices that have come together in a perfect storm to produce the situation we find ourselves in.

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