Best Practice Standards for managing medicines shortages in NHS hospitals

Tim Root, Assistant Head, Medicines Assurance, NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service, Specialist Pharmacy ServicePublished

Best Practice Standards for managing Medicines Shortages in Secondary Care first published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2012 has been reviewed and updated. The document outlines best practice standards for managing Medicine Shortages in NHS hospitals and can be adapted and used to develop local policies and Standard Operating Procedures or where regional or other collaborative working is in operation, within STP footprints, for example.

Note. The principles apply to the whole of the NHS but the implementation will need to reflect differing local organisational structures in England, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland