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Share of European countries who reported change in medicine shortages 2022

Percentage of European countries who reported change in medicine shortages compared to the previous year as of 2022

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Survey time period

November 14 to December 31, 2022

Number of respondents

29 PGEU member countries

Supplementary notes

Original question: "In the last 12 months, have you experienced medicine shortages in your country? If yes, compared to the previous 12 months, the situation has stayed the same, got worse, or improved?"
PGEU member countries who participated in the survey include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey.
Medicine shortage was defined as every (temporary) inability for a community or hospital pharmacy to supply patients with the medicinal product requested as a result of factors beyond their control, requiring the dispensing of an alternative agent or even discontinuation of an ongoing medical therapy.

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