How Continued Drug Shortages Compromise Patient Care

ACPE UAN #:  0233-0000-19-073-H05-P

Release Date:  October 31, 2019

Expiration Date:  October 31, 2022

Activity Type:    Knowledge-based

Contact Hours:  1.5 

Activity Fee:  Member: FREE       Non-Member: $30

Target Audience: Pharmacists who practice in managed care settings.

Activity Description:

Providing safe and effective drug therapy has become extremely challenging during extended periods of drug shortages. Ongoing lack of availability of some medications has resulted in changes in drug administration procedures, at times leading to prescribing and dispensing errors, unsafe injection practices, compromised care, and potentially harmful errors. This presentation will discuss at-risk behaviors that are the results of drug shortages, their impact on drug formulary management and patient outcomes, as well as practical recommendations for optimizing the safety of medication use during times of drug shortages. 

Learning Objectives:  

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize major barriers that payers face communicating drug shortages and/or recalls to their members.
  2. Identify the primary safety issues and errors that are associated with drug shortages.
  3. Discuss strategies that reduce negative effects on patient safety during drug shortages and recalls.
  4. Identify methods that can be implemented in managed care to reduce the burden of drug shortages and recalls. 

Schedule of Educational Activity:

This activity consists of an audio recording, pre-test assessment questions (not required to pass to continue), post-test questions (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher) and a specific activity evaluation. 

Accreditation Statement:

The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

As an accredited provider, AMCP strictly adheres to the ACPE Standards for Commercial Support and other relevant guidelines and standards to ensure the independence of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities.  AMCP intends that all CPE activities be independent, objective, balanced, evidence-based, and free of any commercial bias.

CPE Requirements:   

Participants should claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this home study activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at AMCP Nexus 2019.

CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor.  Please allow 72 hours for processing and posting in your NABP account. 

To receive credit for an online activity you must:

  • Review the full content of the activity.
  • Successfully complete the post-test (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher, it may be taken a maximum of three times).
  • Complete a specific activity evaluation.


Penny Surratt | RN, MBA | Senior Director | ReCept, LP | Palmer, Texas.

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Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-19-073-H05-P 1.5 Contact Hours October 31, 2019 - October 31, 2022