Read the following articles:
Mayer, D. K. (2012). Anatomy of a drug shortage. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16(2), 107-108.
McKeever, A. E., Bloch, J. R., & Bratic, A. (2013). Drug shortages and the burden of access to care: A critical issue affecting patients with cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17(5), 490-495. doi:10.1188/13.CJON.490-495
View the following website:
Food and Drug Administration website: www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/DrugShortages/default.htm
In the middle of a patient’s course of chemotherapy, the medication is no longer available due to manufacturing issues. The chemotherapy was prescribed for this patient using scientific evidence and patient outcomes.
Initial Discussion Post:
How does the shortage of chemotherapy drugs impact health care?
Are work arounds such as substitute medications a safe alternative? Why or why not?
Identify an intervention that you can implement as the RN to advocate for safe patient care and positive patient outcomes when drug shortages occur.
Base your initial post on your readings and research of this topic.
Drug Shortages and Patient Outcomes Name Affiliation/Institution Course Date Drug Shortages and Patient Outcomes How does the shortage of chemotherapy drugs impact health care? According to McKeever, Bloch, and Bratic (2013), shortage of drugs affects the entire healthcare sector and in the past decade, the issue has worsened. Just like in business and the phenomenon of supply and demand, a drug shortage occurs when the patients` demand for drugs supersedes supply. According