Coalition aims to address drug shortages in the U.S., which hospital pharmacists identify as the #1 issue currently facing organizations
Alexandria, VA, November 22, 2022 – Kit Check, the leading automation vendor in Medication Intelligence™, announced today it has joined a new coalition of diverse stakeholders to address drug shortages in the United States. The End Drug Shortages Alliance provides a forum for key stakeholders to take strategic aim at one of healthcare’s more pressing and enduring issues, drug shortages that disrupt patient care. According to Kit Check’s annual Hospital Pharmacy Operations Report, hospital pharmacists report that drug shortages are the number one issue currently facing their organization.
“Drug shortages continue to impact care and care delivery,” said Kevin MacDonald, CEO and co-founder of Kit Check. “As a member of the alliance, we will work to develop strategies that all market participants can agree on to address issues contributing to these shortages. We are actively working on shortage software that will integrate data and decision support tooling from the gold standards of shortage signaling in the market, FDA, and ASHP to help hospitals prioritize and respond to impactful shortages.”
The End Drug Shortages Alliance was launched in late 2021 to bring together industry stakeholders, including providers, group purchasing organizations, manufacturers, distributors, and other industry thought leaders and champions. Efforts will focus on improving access to medications through greater transparency across market participants, leading to improved quality manufacturing of medications and production of additional supply.
“We are grateful to have Kit Check join the alliance to end drug shortages,” said Eric Tichy, division chair of pharmacy supply solutions for Mayo Clinic, who serves as the Chair for the Alliance advisory board. “Collaboration among organizations strengthens our ability to improve the quality of life for patients that rely on these medications. Together, we can make a difference.”
Learn more at www.EndDrugShortages.com.
About Kit Check
Kit Check® is the leading provider of automated medication tracking and diversion detection solutions for hospital pharmacies in the U.S., bringing visibility, simplicity, and predictability to the complex world of medication supply management. Our groundbreaking Medication Intelligence™ solutions provide item-level visibility, workflow simplicity, and actionable analytics, empowering stakeholders to deliver the right medicine to the right patient at the right time, every time. To date, our more than 1,000 U.S. and Canadian hospital partners have adopted Kit Check solutions to solve the most challenging of healthcare problems. Kit Check Solutions help providers save time, manage inventory, prevent diversion at their facilities, save money on medication spend, and ensure patient safety. More information about Kit Check and our software solutions can be found at kitcheck.com.
About End Drug Shortages Alliance
The End Drugs Shortages Alliance is a collaboration of select health systems, supply chain, industry and other stakeholders including group purchasing organizations, manufacturers, distributors and other industry thought leaders dedicated to solving the pharmaceutical supply challenges that disrupt access to essential medications in the U.S. We prioritize initiatives focused on transparency, quality, redundancy and production of additional supply to achieve undisrupted access to essential medications for health care providers and patients.