Understanding the Impact of Drug Shortages on Oncology Care Delivery

2019-05-21 20:22:18 | BioPortfolio


This trial studies the impact of drug shortages on oncology care delivery. Gathering information about cancer drug shortages over time may help researchers improve access to drugs during times of shortages.



I. To prospectively estimate the proportion of National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) community practices that experience a cancer care delivery problem attributable to a drug shortage of infusional therapeutic oncology drugs.


I. To prospectively estimate the rate of cancer care delivery problems attributable to a drug shortage of infusional therapeutic oncology drugs for patient populations treated with: a) all cancer drugs, b) all cancer drugs in shortage, and c) each individual cancer drug in shortage.

II. To assess strategies practices used during drug shortages (e.g., manage costs, stockpile, hire staff).


I. To assess practice factors (e.g., case mix, size, practice type) associated with the likelihood that a practice reports cancer care delivery problems.

II. To describe how practice-level strategies in response to drug shortages vary by practice characteristics.

III. To describe the possible effects on clinical trials (e.g., unable to enroll a patient or changing to an alternative treatment).

IV. To characterize cancer care delivery problems attributable to a shortage of supportive care agents.

V. To characterize cancer care delivery problems attributable to a shortage of oral anti-cancer agents.

OUTLINE: Practice sites complete a Baseline Drug Shortage Survey, Drug Shortage Incident Reports in real time as cancer care delivery problems occur, and the Quarterly Follow-Up Survey every 3 months for one year (4 total).

Study Design


Community Practice


Survey Administration


Hennepin County Medical Center
United States


Enrolling by invitation


University of Rochester

Results (where available)

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