2019 Medicines Shortages Survey

For the last 10 years, the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP), has raised awareness around the problem of medicines shortages and the impact on patients in particular in the hospital environment. Three surveys were conducted by EAHP in 2013, 2014 and 2018. The results of these surveys have provided an overview on the severity of the problem as well as its impact on overall patient care.

Given that medicines shortages don’t only impact hospital pharmacists, EAHP has decided to expand the scope of this year’s survey. The 2019 Medicines Shortages Survey seeks to investigate some of the reasons for medicines shortages in hospitals as well as the impact on patients. In addition, it will identify solutions in place as well as best practices currently applied at local, regional and national level.

The survey targets hospital pharmacists, nurses, physicians, other healthcare professionals working in the hospital environment and patients.

This survey uses the definition for a ‘medicines shortage’ provide by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): ‘A shortage of a medicinal product for human or veterinary use occurs when supply does not meet demand at a national level’. 

The survey will be closed at midnight on 13th January 2020.