Drug shortages: Limited warnings, followed by rationing and hoarding

Despite ongoing efforts to develop efficient, practical and ethical allocation systems for medication shortages, a national survey found that 81 percent of hospital pharmacy managers had experienced medication hoarding. All of the pharmacy managers reported drug shortages in the previous year. More than two-thirds reported “more than 50 shortages.” In…

Hip Preservation Appropriateness Guidelines May Be Limited

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 — The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) hip preservation surgery appropriateness classification system is driven almost entirely by age and radiographic hip osteoarthritis (OA) evaluation, according to a study published online Jan. 24 in Arthritis Care & Research. Daniel L. Riddle, P.T., Ph.D., and Robert…