The number of newly reported drug shortages (mostly generic) has been growing:
- There were 74 newly reported drug shortages in 2005.
- The number dipped slightly to 70 in 2006, then rose to 129 in 2007, 149 in 2008, 166 in 2009, and 211 in 2010.
- In mid-2011 there were about 246 shortages.
NPR had a special on this about a month ago, but increasing numbers of people in Boston area report inability to easily fill prescriptions is on the rise, and hospitals report shortages that affect their abilities to deliver services, even surgery.