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The problems created by supply shortages of medicines have been widely reported by healthcare professionals and patients over recent years and acknowledged at the European level by the European Medicines Agency and European Commission. The cited causes are multifaceted ranging from production disruptions, natural disasters, discontinuations as well as difficulties created by various legal, trade and pricing frameworks.

Healthcare professionals require access to reliable and up-to-date information about the unavailability of a medicine in order that they can treat the patient in the best way possible. … (More …) 

Last Updated: 25 May 2017

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