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, find out
what hospital roles are impacted the most and to gain insights into Vizient solutions that help mitigate and
end drug shortages. 

$359M per year

Cost of labor needed to manage drug shortages per year

8.6M hours annually

Additional hours of labor per year

Drug Shortages

Download the 2019 Vizient Drug Shortages and Labor Costs report

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  • Learn the total time spent managing drug shortages in U.S hospitals
  • Discover the depth of impact on staffing and patient care
  • Determine which strategies are effective in mitigating the impact of drug shortages
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Buyers and technicians

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