Drug Shortages in EMS: Coping Strategies & Best Practices, a summary report from the NASEMSO EMS Drug Shortages Summit held on Mar. 5, 2014, has been released and is now available for download here. The NASEMSO Medical Directors Council sponsored the gathering of EMS medical directors, EMS practitioners and other subject matter experts to identify best practices for coping with this ongoing nationwide problem.
While the outcry over the crisis has faded, the total number of existing drug shortages has increased substantially and will continue for the foreseeable future, according to recent data presented at the NASEMSO Summit by Erin Fox, PharmD, Director of the University of Utah Drug Information Service. The report highlights steps taken by state EMS offices and ambulance providers in response to the problem.
The EMS Drug Shortages Summit was held in conjunction with the NASEMSO 2014 Mid-Year Meeting. Nationally known speakers updated participants on the status of this ongoing challenge and provide strategies for management of medication shortages in the prehospital environment. Presentations included:
- Drug Shortages: Causes, Progress, and Strategies, Erin R. Fox, PharmD, FASHP, Director, Drug Information Service, University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics, and Adjunct Associate Professor University of Utah College of Pharmacy.
- Managing Emergency Drug Shortages in EMS, James Augustine, MD, EMS Medical Director in Atlanta, Dayton, and Naples, FL.
- Navigation Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Carol A. Cunningham, MD, FAAEM, FACEP, Ohio EMS Medical Director, Ohio Dept. of Public Safety, Division of EMS, Columbus, OH.
- EMS Drug Shortages: the States Respond, Peter Taillac, MD, Clinical Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine, and Medical Director, Utah Bureau of EMS and Preparedness.
- Florida Drug Shortage Task Force, Cory S. Richter, Chairman, Florida EMS Advisory Council (EMSAC), and Florida Drug Shortage Task Force.
- ASHP Drug Shortages Resource Center
- GAO Report on the Impact of DEA Controlled Substances Quota on Drug Shortages (March 5, 2015)