Journal article

Variation in public and private supply of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine during a shortage

GL Freed, MM Davis, SJ Clark

JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION | AMER MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2003

Abstract

CONTEXT: In late August 2001, a serious shortage of the heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) developed in 34 state immunization programs. In September 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published revised recommendations advising physicians to prioritize PCV7 to specific groups of children. The effect of the shortage at the practice level is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine the variation between public and private markets in the supply of PCV7 and the nature and extent of the PCV7 shortage at the practice level. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Semistructured interviews with office staff responsible for ordering vaccines at private practices in 12 states were ..

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