The unavailability of medicines can be both problematic and lead to severe consequences for patients in need of therapy. However, in many cases other treatment alternatives can be provided. Quantify, in collaboration with Lif – de forskande läkemedelsföretagen, made several extensive analyses of medicine shortages during the last year. Here are some key takeaways:

– There were 437 shorted drug packages on the last date of analysis in December 2020.
– Most of the shorted medicines had other treatment alternatives.
– The number of medicine shortages increased significantly during the peak of the pandemic in spring 2020. Since then, this number has fallen to normal levels.