Right now, more than 100 drugs are in shortage, threatening patient safety, impacting the care they receive and narrowing treatment options. Drug shortages impact every segment of health care and even go beyond the health care industry, with the Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration warning that drug shortages are impacting their daily operations.

Edward Mariano, M.D., MAS, chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)  Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Committee will discuss how drug shortages impact anesthesia, pain management and patient care during a policy briefing (Drug Shortages are Harming Patients and Breaking Budgets) Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 11:30am-12:30pm in Washington, D.C.  

Dr. Mariano, chief of anesthesiology and perioperative care service at VA Palo Alto Health Care System and professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, is available to discuss the impact drug shortages have on the quality of patient care, including:

  • How drug shortages impact patients in the operating room.
  • How drug shortages may affect treatment options.
  • How drug shortages result in the use of alternative medications that may be less effective.
  • The tie between drug shortages and increased medication errors and patient deaths.

To speak with Dr. Mariano onsite or via phone, contact Jonathan Durrbeck at [email protected] or 312.558.1770.