Reflection on “Mitigating the U.S. Drug Shortages through Pareto-Improving Contracts”

Justin Jia, Hui Zhao

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The study “Mitigating the U.S. Drug Shortages Through Pareto-Improving Contracts” was selected as a runner-up for the Ralph Gomory Best Industry Studies Paper Award by the Industry Studies Association in 2017. The award aims at “explicit recognition of the researchers’ engagement with industry practitioners and demonstrate the benefits of such interactions for scholarly research.” The awarded study addresses the drug shortages problem, a major challenge facing the U.S. pharmaceutical industry and government in recent years. This reflection article provides the “back story” of the study—the motivation, the challenges, the important steps, and the interactions with government agencies and industry practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2716-2718
Number of pages3
JournalProduction and Operations Management
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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