Navigating Drug Shortages During & After COVID

Sponsored by Plumb's

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to medical professionals including veterinarians. The quantity of drugs required to sedate, anesthetize, and support patients on ventilators is mindboggling, with supply and demand no longer in synch. Critical care doctors and anesthesiologists have adapted and adjusted by being innovative.

The integrity of the global supply chain of active pharmaceutical ingredients and manufacturing capabilities is under pressure. The drugs already affected include midazolam, vasopressors, and inotropes. There is concern that ketamine, propofol, dexmedetomidine and intravenous fluids may be affected. Veterinarians are “think outside the box” people so in this session we will explore which drugs are unlikely to be in shortage and how we can pivot to using them without compromising patient safety.

Course curriculum

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    Navigating Drug Shortages During and After Covid

    • Navigating Drug Shortages During and After COVID: Sponsored by Plumb's

    • Course Slides: Navigating Drug Shortages During & After COVID

    • Course Resources: Sterility and Concentration of Liposomal Bupivacaine Single-Use Vial When Used in a Multiple-Dose Manner

    • Course Resources: Medetomidine suppliers in USA

    • Course Resources: Anesthesia Ko and Berman 2010



Sheilah Robertson

Dr. Robertson graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Following time in private practice and a surgery internship she specialized in anesthesia and analgesia. She is board certified in anesthesia and in animal welfare by the respective American and European Colleges and holds a certificate in small animal acupuncture. In 2014 she completed her graduate certificate in Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida. In 2019 she received her certification as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Palliative and End-of-Life practitioner by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. She has published widely on the recognition and alleviation of acute pain in cats. She is the senior medical director of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a large network of veterinarians dedicated to end-of-life care and in-home euthanasia throughout the USA. Dr Robertson is also a courtesy Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.