Helping you provide essential medications for patient care

We are dedicated to developing solutions to resolve drug shortages. From our essential medications list to our Novaplus programs, we offer resources that deliver additional inventory of essential medications and products.

View our drug shortages solutions

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What is the impact of drug shortages?


One or more medication errors directly related to a drug shortage

Source: Vizient’s Drug Shortages and Labor Costs report


Cost of labor needed to manage drug shortages
per year

Source: Vizient’s Drug Shortages and Labor Costs report


Additional hours of labor
per year

Source: Vizient’s Drug Shortages and Labor Costs report

How can you improve your drug supply?

Get consistent access to essential medications so you can provide uninterrupted patient care

Identify essential medications


Drive additional supply into the market

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Support commitment and transparency

Business collaboration

Better access to life-saving medications

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Solutions to mitigate your drug shortages

Our Novaplus program provides consistent supply of competitive priced medication for both inpatient and outpatient facilities.

Through our Novaplus Enhanced Supply program, participants have access to 6 months of additional inventory with no additional commitment or fee. Watch our video to learn more!

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Commitment to supply resiliency

The essential medications list helps improve drug supply availability

Vizient pharmacy identified more than 250 essential medications that, if not available, could represent the greatest threat to providing immediate and high-quality patient care.

The essential medication list is divided into the following categories:

  • Everyday Essential Medications
    -   Acute treatment drugs with no alternatives
    -   Chronic treatment drugs with no alternatives
    -   High impact drugs
    -   Pediatric impact
    -   Antibiotic resistance
  • Antidotes
  • Oncology

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

Complete the form to download our latest essential medications list.