Collaborating with the FDA to Manage Drug Shortages

Part of AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

Presenter(s): Jouhayna Saliba, Pharm.D

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Webinar Summary

Drug shortages can adversely affect patient care as it relates to medication delivery, compromise or delay of procedures, and result in medication errors. The Drug Shortages staff at the FDA works collaboratively with other organizations and manufacturers to keep the public and healthcare professionals informed of the most current drug shortages.

The FDA makes 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. The agency works closely with manufacturers of drugs in short supply to communicate the issue and to help restore availability. The FDA also works with other firms that manufacture the same drug, asking them to increase production, if possible, in order to prevent or reduce the impact of a shortage.

In this webinar, pharmacist Jouhayna Saliba will discuss the importance of early recognition, prevention and mitigation of drug shortages, reviewing data and best practices to help participant identify and potentially alleviate these problems within their organizations.


  • Identify why drug shortages occur after reviewing the drug supply chain and data shortages information.
  • Describe the focus of the Drug Shortages Staff of the FDA on the early assessment, recognition, and intervention for prevention and mitigation of this problem within your organization.
  • Explore the collaborative relationship and communication between the FDA, manufacturers, various professional organizations (physicians, pharmacists, and nurses) and other key stakeholders in managing drug shortages.


Jouhayna Saliba, Pharm.D

Jouhayna Saliba, Pharm.D

Captain Jouhayna Saliba, Pharm.D. is currently the Manager and leader of the Drug Shortage Staff (DSS) at the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA). Her early career includes staff pharmacist positions in retail, outpatient and inpatient settings. Captain Saliba joined the Army as a staff pharmacist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, and assumed progressive leadership responsibilities over the past 20 years. She has numerous publications, honors, awards, and presentations to her credit. Most notably was her recent involvement in efforts to prevent over 150 shortages due to increased notifications by leading efforts to respond quickly to ensure adequate supplies continue to be available to patients that need them. Captain Saliba is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Medal for leadership in preventing a national shortage of albuterol inhalers.

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