Frequent shortages of medicines which impact patient outcomes are not a new phenomenon for hospital pharmacists. The European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP) has worked on this issue for the past decade. Research conducted by the Association in 2014, 2018 and 2019  showed that the impact that shortages have on patient care and the work of hospital pharmacists’ has increased. These problems seemed to have worsened over the past couple of weeks with many countries reporting shortages of medicines used for patients in intensive care units triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

EAHP’s Survey on the future crisis preparedness of hospital pharmacies will explore the lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic and collect retrospective information on medicines shortages experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. It targets hospital pharmacists.

The survey will be closed at midnight on 23 December 2020.
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