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<p>There may be fewer drug shortages than in other recent years, but some shortages are more severe, according to experts. Emergency providers report these shortages are affecting patient care. In particular, emergency providers are struggling to deal with a shortage of IV opioid analgesic drugs that has been in effect since the end of 2017. They are working with hospital pharmacists to conserve such drugs for patients most in need and to find alternative therapies.</p>

Emergency Providers Sound Alarm on Persistent Critical Drug Shortages

Clinicians express frustration with the severe shortage of commonly used IV opioid analgesic drugs, worry about ED readiness