US Reports First Drug Shortage Tied to Coronavirus Outbreak

Roughly 80 percent of the ingredients used in U.S. medicines are made abroad, according to federal figures.

  • Published 28 February 2020

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials reported the first U.S. drug shortage tied to the viral outbreak that is disrupting production in China, but they declined to identify the manufacturer or the product. The Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that the drug’s maker recently contacted officials about the shortage, which it blamed on a manufacturing issue with the medicine’s key ingredient. The FDA previously said it had reached out to 180 drug manufacturers to… Read at AP News