Balancing Unpredictable Intravenous Medication Supply with the Demand for Safe Injection Practices


Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. Pre-registration is for planning purposes only and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be provided.

Providing safe and effective intravenous drug therapy has become extremely challenging during extended periods of drug shortages. Ongoing lack of availability of some medications and fluids has resulted in changes in administration expectations and behaviors, at times leading to unsafe injection practices, compromised care, and potentially harmful errors. Experts from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) will discuss practical recommendations for optimizing the safety of intravenous medication use during times of drug shortages.

Intended Audience:

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians

Learning Objectives:

Following completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the primary safety issues associated with intravenous fluid and drug shortages.
  2. Describe current at-risk behaviors identified due to ongoing drug/fluid shortages.
  3. Prioritize strategies and remove barriers to safe preparation and administration of intravenous medications during drug and fluid shortages.
  4. Discuss the practitioner's role in error prevention and how to adopt safe medication practices during critical drug shortages.
  5. Discuss how a manufacturer is addressing the issues resulting in drug shortages. 

Introduction and Overview:

Christina Michalek, BSc Pharm, RPh, FASHP, Medication Safety Specialist, ISMP


How Continued Drug Shortages Compromise Patient Care

Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP, Director of Error Reporting Programs, ISMP

Hidden Risks and Strategies for Managing Intravenous Medications During Drug Shortages

Christina Michalek, BSc Pharm, RPh, FASHP, Medication Safety Specialist, ISMP

A Manufacturer Perspective on Drug Shortages

Representative from Fresenius Kabi  



This activity is supported by Fresenius Kabi.

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CE Accreditation

No continuing education credits are available for this activity.

This Promotional Theater, conducted at the ASHP 2018 Summer Meetings and Exhibition, is a promotional activity provided by Fresenius Kabi and is not certified for continuing education credit. The content of this Promotional Theater and opinions expressed by presenters are those of the sponsor or presenters and not of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Fresenius Kabi recognizes the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) for their significant contributions to the development of this program.

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