McKesson Europe Policy Position

Managing Medicines Shortages

August 2019, introduction – a growing problem for patients

Medicines shortages are an increasing concern for patients and their healthcare professionals. Unexpected or prolonged shortages can lead to serious consequences. Shortages occur in all European countries and there is evidence that their number has continued to grow over recent years. A 2018 survey by the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists revealed that 91.8% of respondents regarded shortages as a current problem compared with 86.2% in 2014.

Such issues require strategic management and coordination across the supply chain. As one of Europe’s largest pharmaceutical Full Line Distributors (FLDs) and pharmacy owners, McKesson Europe takes the issue of shortages very seriously: this Position Paper proposes some solutions.

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