ISPE Drug Shortage Initiative


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Who is affected by drug shortages?  Is it you, your significant other, your children, neighbors, friends, or families?  What face represents this problem and makes it personal to you as a member of the life science community of practice?  ISPE is currently working on a drug shortage initiative and based on the ISPE 2013 drug shortages survey identified the top ten reasons for drug shortages. These include:



  • Quality problems (e.g., contamination, foreign particles)
  • Aseptic processing equipment
  • Lyophilizers
  • Technology transfers or product development weaknesses
  • Inadequate or limited capacity
  • Raw material issues
  • Packaging component problems
  • Globalization of drug manufacturing
  • Complex supply chains
  • Unanticipated shifts in market demand
  • Lack of market attractiveness for older medicines

Read more about the ISPE 2013 Drug Shortages Survey here.