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Essential Drug Supplies for Virus Patients Are Running Low

Published in: The New York Times

At the same time, the rate at which these prescriptions are filled and shipped to hospitals has dropped considerably, down by half to more than three-fourths in the last month, according to data collected by Premier Inc., a health care improvement company that provides group purchasing, analytics, consulting and various services to more than 4,000 hospitals and approximately 175,000 other providers in the United States.

Hospitals in particular are feeling the pinch in supplies. In a recent survey of 377 hospitals and 100 long-term care, home infusion and retail pharmacies, Premier found that drug shortages were pervasive in acute care settings, where 70 percent of respondents reported at least one shortage for coronavirus drugs. Among long-term care facilities, home care settings and retail pharmacies, 48 percent reported shortages.

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