FDA takes great efforts, within its legal authority, to address and prevent drug shortages, which can occur for many reasons, including manufacturing and quality problems, delays, and discontinuations. FDA responds to potential drug shortages by taking actions to address their underlying causes and to enhance product availability. FDA determines how best to address each shortage situation based on its cause and the public health risk associated with the shortage by working with firms to address any potential risks to keep medically necessary products available while also ensuring there is not going to be harm to patients associated with the quality issues.
- Drug shortage data is available on an annual basis. Data will be posted once finalized, typically in April for the previous Calendar Year.
- The data provided on this website is produced on an ongoing basis for performance management purposes and is subject to change due to updates of preliminary estimates, corrections, or other reasons. The data presented in the visualizations above can be accessed by clicking on the link labeled "Download Drug Shortages Dataset" located right below the visualizations.