Drug Shortages

Commitment to supply resiliency

As part of the ongoing strategy to end supply interruptions, the Vizient® team of pharmacy experts has identified over 220 essential medications that if not available, could represent the greatest threat to providing immediate and high quality patient care. Originally released in January 2020, this updated list includes the addition of 8 drugs, including a new indications for medications that may have a disproportionately high impact on pediatrics.

Complete the form to download and view these essential medications which are grouped in the three categories below.

  • Acute treatment drugs with no alternatives (73 drugs)
  • Chronic treatment drugs with no alternatives (30 drugs)
  • High impact drugs (130 drugs)

Many of these medications are available through the Novaplus® private label program. Access our fact sheet to learn more.

Download the updated Essential Medications report

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The hidden costs of drug shortages

Between March 6 and April 4, 2019, the Vizient Drug Shortages Task Force conducted its inaugural member survey to uncover the unseen impacts of drug shortages.

The responses — collected from member organizations across the continuum of care — confirmed that drug shortages are a global issue, affecting all types of care facilities and taking a significant toll on pharmacy resources, budgets, staffing and patient care delivery.

Download the full report to learn key strategies hospitals are using to manage drug shortages, or download
key insights for executives, pharmacy directors, or buyers and technicians. Discover what hospital roles are impacted the most and gain insights into Vizient solutions that help mitigate and end drug shortages.

225 medications

essential to patient care

$359M per year

Cost of labor needed to manage drug shortages per year

8.6M hours annually

Additional hours of labor per year

Understanding and mitigating pediatric drug shortages

Vizient pharmacy experts, in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), have created a report examining the impact of drug shortages on self-governed pediatric hospitals, and the strategies employed to manage and mitigate these shortages.


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Pharmacy Market Outlook

Vizient® Pharmacy Market Outlook delivers accurate drug price projections, expert insights and trends affecting pharmacy practice. Utilize this resource to plan your pharmacy strategy and ensure that you’re prepared for 2021 and beyond.


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Connect with Vizient to find out how we can help you manage drug shortages or to learn about our other pharmacy initiatives.