January 2, 2019
The Vendor Drug Program drug shortage notification process is available for pharmacy staff to notify HHSC 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. The Drug Shortage Notification (HHS Form 1315) may be used by pharmacy staff, managed care organization staff, or pharmacy stakeholders to report significant drug shortages that affect multiple pharmacies and distributors and will have continuing adverse impact on people enrolled in Medicaid if not resolved in a timely manner. Referrals should recommend an alternative with supply chain in mind so extra demand will not cause another shortage.