Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 11 (1):85-89 (2014)

This article describes the shortage of generic injectable medications in Canada that affected hospitals in 2012. It traces the events leading up to the drug shortage, the causes of the shortage, and the responses by health administrators, pharmacists, and ethicists. The article argues that generic drug shortages are an ethical problem because health care organizations and governments have an obligation to avoid exposing patients to resource scarcity. The article also discusses some options governments could pursue in order to secure the drug supply and thereby fulfill their ethical obligations
Keywords Canadian health care  Drug shortage  Generic drugs  Pharmaceutical industry  Pharmaceutical regulation  Resource allocation
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DOI 10.1007/s11673-013-9494-z
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