FDA teams with medical companies in Puerto Rico to tackle shortages

Drug dealers are attempting to secure the sites completely online after the storm hit the Caribbean island. The agency also works closely with about 10 manufacturers of medical devices to prevent disadvantages, in particular of blood-related medical devices, in the United States.

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Dr. Joel Munoz Korenno Helps Melba Tirado with drugs checking survivors of hurricanes that are excluded from easy access to medical assistance after the destruction of the island by Hurricane Maria on October 5, 2017 in Utuo, Puerto Rico.

The head of the US Food and Drug Administration said the agency was working with several pharmaceutical and medical device companies in Puerto Rico to prevent a shortage of medical products in the United States, as it joined a great effort to help rebuild the island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Drug traffickers are trying to secure the facilities completely on the Internet after the storm that occurred on the island of Caribbean on September 20, which reduces electricity and causes damage to homes and infrastructure.

FDU Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency was monitoring more than 40 drugs in Puerto Rico, where 10 per cent of the drugs prescribed in the United States were made.

The agency also works closely with about 10 manufacturers of medical devices to prevent disadvantages, in particular of blood-related medical devices, in the United States.

Gottlieb said last week that the US may face a shortage of drugs due to delays in restoring production operations on the island.

At present, Puerto Rico has more than 50 medical devices operating in Puerto Rico, employing around 18,000 people.

The regulator takes steps to alleviate the lack of import of devices outside the United States or allows manufacturers to switch production at alternative locations, the FDA said.

Source : www.cnbc.com

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