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Drug Shortage Demands

“Addressing the issue of shortages is a priority for the research-based industry in Europe as well as for supply chain stakeholders and national competent authorities. The situation requires more than empathy or ‘lip-service’ – it requires serious engagement and action.” (1)

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations has published a position paper titled, “Policy Proposals to Minimize Medicine Supply Shortages in Europe”, which calls for more action against drug shortages. As a starting point, EFPIA says that available evidence should be used to understand the extent and root causes of the problem, including bottlenecks in supply chains – perhaps by using data from the European Medicines Verification System.

In addition, EFPIA wants to see reporting of shortages – to this end, it says, establishing standardized reporting requirements could be beneficial.

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  1. EFPIA, “Medicines shortages – from assumptions to evidence to action,” (2020). Available at
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