Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a mobile app that provides real-time access to information about drug shortages.
The app identifies current drug shortages, resolved shortages and discontinuations of drug products. Users can search or browse by a drug’s generic name or active ingredient, and browse by therapeutic category. The app can also be used to report a suspected drug shortage or supply issue to the FDA.
Drugs in short supply can delay or reduce care, potentially driving providers to prescribe alternative drug products, which may be less effective or have higher risks, according to FDA.