November 9, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is watching a list of 40 pharmaceutical and biological drug products for shortages, 14 of which are sourced solely out of Puerto Rico.  Many manufacturers were affected when Hurricane Maria struck the island on Sept. 20.

As a reminder, the Vendor Drug Program has a drug shortage notification process available for pharmacy staff to notify the Texas Health and Human Services Commission about potential drug shortages that impact prescribing choice and pharmacy claim processing. This process ensures notification of alternatives to the shorted drug, timeline of the shortage, and the drug’s availability for use. Referrals on the Drug Shortage Notification (Form 1315) should recommend an alternative with supply chain in mind so extra demand will not cause another shortage.  For questions please email vdp_formulary@hhsc.state.tx.us.