• Course

5 hours

Other healthcare professionals

Medicines shortages: Causation and approaches to improvements

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Know hospital pharmacists challenges in situations of non-availability of registered products
  • Recognise the extent of the global phenomenon
  • Participate and provide actively inputs in professional task forces to improve the shortages situation
  • Know about attempts to improve the shortages situation (COST Action CA15105 and other attempts)
  • Interpret definitions, positions, interests arising from different stakeholders
  • Disclose erroneous incentives -Identify vulnerabilities of the supply chain
  • Understand conflicts arising from not being able to fulfil clinical needs as for non-availability of medicines
  • Estimate the optimal expected outcome related to a substitute medicine as compared to a medicine initially prescribed
  • Recognise and forecast the threats to expected patients outcomes in case of non-availability of medicines
  • Predict risks arising from lack of access to life-saving medicines
  • Understand the balance between different outcomes
  • Assess points of view of clinicians, hospital directors, governments, industry, and patients
  • Reproduce differences in the health care potency in European countries
  • Introduce a simulation methodology of decision making in a complex network
  • Understand the methodology of Systems Dynamics and its suitability to identify systems pitfalls in complex networks
  • Derive conclusions from simulation to coping strategies of medicines shortages in the modelled system
  • Know further options to bridge supply chain gaps
  • Recognise that such actions only translocate the problem but do not resolve the global shortages problem
  • Acquire knowledge about first integral resolutions approaches
  • Develop further resolution approaches for their own country and hospital
  • Reconstruct to philosophy of stockpiling contracts with industry
  • Animate responsibility sharing among the stakeholders in the supply chain
  • Recognise the particular importance of keeping the flow of life-saving medicines from industry to the patients
  • Identify disruption risk and propose preventing measures to assume availability of life-saving medicines
  • Assess the successful provision of equal medicines supply throughout Europe from a social point of view
  • Experiment with a supply chain simulation about medicines shortages
  • Assess the impact of assumptions used in the simulated model
  • Explore what modification are to be expected following changes in decisions taken by stakeholders
  • Use the medicines shortages causes mindmap in their own hospital
  • Use the medicines shortages coping strategies mindmap in their own country
  • Contribute further to a harmonised international approach to find solutions for the steadily worsening flow in the pharmaceutical supply chain.


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ and EAHP: Medicines shortages 0.56 credits, 5:00 hours This course (Medicines shortages: Causation and approaches to improvements) is accredited to the combined value of the modules it contains.

Release date

22 Jul 2019