How to mitigate medicine shortages? Learnings from 38 countries

In response to an increase in shortages, governments have introduced policy measures to manage, mitigate or ideally prevent medicine shortages. 
Experts of the Pharmacoeconomics Department surveyed government measures to tackle medicine shortages in 38 countries that are members of the Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Information (PPRI) network. As of 2023, a set of different measures was identified, including notification of upcoming shortages to registers, stockpiling, export bans, regulatory measures, fines and financial incentives as well as multi-stakeholder coordination. 
The study also analyses potential changes in the policy measures employed between 2020 and 2023.

Vogler S. Tackling medicine shortages during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Compilation of governmental policy measures and developments in 38 countries. Health Policy. 2024(143): 105030

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