U.S. reports 1st shortage of medication tied to disruptions from virus
29 Février, 2020, 01:38 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began, the Food and Drug Administration has reported a shortage of a medicine due to a manufacturing "issue" with an active pharmaceutical ingredient "related to a site affected by coronavirus". However, the agency did not disclose the name of the medicine, prompting criticism over concerns the lack of information can make it hard to plan for patient needs.
The regulator said a drugmaker had informed it of the shortage of one of its drugs because manufacturing of one of its main pharmaceutical ingredients was affected by the fast-moving virus outbreak.
The agency said it is working with the manufacturer that was recently added to the shortages list to try and mitigate the problem.
The failure to release the name of the drug, however, raised hackles.
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An FDA spokeswoman explained the name of the drug is considered confidential commercial information.
"We need the cooperation of the drug companies in order to obtain accurate information as we proactively take steps to mitigate drug shortages, and companies will be less willing to provide this voluntary information if they can not trust FDA not to discloses commercial confidential information such as drug names, company names or exact location of facilities". The agency identified 20 drugs that either exclusively sourced their active pharmaceutical ingredients, or produced finished drug products, from or in China.
The US relies heavily on Chinese-made drug ingredients, medical devices and drugs that are used in humans and animals. As of 2018, China ranked second among countries that exported drugs and biologics to the United States, and ranked first for medical devices, according to the FDA.
The agency said Tuesday it has been in touch with 180 manufacturers to remind them that the companies have a regulatory obligation to notify the FDA if they anticipate any disruption to drug supplies.
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