Medicine shortage reports soar, according to TGA

Mandatory reporting has led to a threefold increase in new notifications

Medication shortage notifications have jumped threefold since mandatory reporting was introduced last year, a TGA report shows.

Medicine shortage

The regulator received an average of 150 new notifications a month in 2019, up from 50 a month during 2018, according to a report on the first 12 months of the mandatory reporting scheme, which began in January 2019.

Close to one in 10 shortages were classified as critical — eg, when