Top drug categories with shortages affecting hospitals

Five drug categories, including shortages of controlled substances, have affected hospitals the most in terms of cost and reallocation of resources, according to a new survey from Vizient.

For its study, Vizient's Drug Shortages Task Force surveyed 365 pharmacy leaders at hospitals across the U.S. to identify and quantify the labor-related operational and financial effects of drug shortages on its member health systems and hospitals. 

Top 5 drug categories with shortages affecting hospitals:

1. Controlled substances

2. Local anesthetics

3. Crash cart drugs

4. Antibiotics

5. Electrolytes

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