(HealthDay)—The widespread shortages of injectable opioids and small-volume parenteral (SVP) solutions are jeopardizing patient care and placing a strain on hospital operations, according to a report published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
ASHP members were surveyed in April 2018 to examine recovery of the SVP solution shortage and the impact of the acute shortage of injectable opioids. The survey contained 16 questions and was informal and nonscientific. A total of 343 responses were obtained.
According to ASHP, 98.4 percent of respondents reported experiencing severe or moderate shortages of morphine, hydromorphone, and fentanyl. Hospitals are managing the shortages by switching to oral opioids, restricting injection opioid use, prioritizing patients according to clinical need, and converting to non-opioid medications. In this survey, 86.4 percent of respondents reported being affected by the SVP shortage, compared with 99.1 percent in November 2017.
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