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Fri Feb 28, 2020, 06:36 AM

FDA reports 1st drug shortage due to novel coronavirus outbreak

Source: ABC News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it's been alerted to the first manufacturing shortage of an unnamed drug, due to a viral coronavirus outbreak that began in China and has now reached American soil.

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said the agency has been "closely monitoring" the medical product supply chain "with the expectation" that the outbreak of the novel coronavirus would "likely" have an impact.

"A manufacturer has alerted us to a shortage of a human drug that was recently added to the drug shortages list," Hahn said in a statement Thursday night. "The manufacturer just notified us that this shortage is related to a site affected by coronavirus. The shortage is due to an issue with manufacturing of an active pharmaceutical ingredient used in the drug."

"It is important to note that there are other alternatives that can be used by patients," he added. "We are working with the manufacturer as well as other manufacturers to mitigate the shortage. We will do everything possible to mitigate the shortage

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Response to wishstar (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 06:39 AM

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Response to wishstar (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 07:29 AM

2. I wonder how old this news is.... how long as the WH been holding-back this info?

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 07:38 AM

4. ...at this point; any communications or actions by this administration are suspect...

There is absolutely ZERO reason to believe that we can trust the public health emergency response to COVID-19 in the United States.

Were on our own...

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 03:36 PM

10. still holding it back as the specific drug has not been named

tip of the iceberg

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Response to wishstar (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 07:37 AM

3. name of drug and the manufacturer withheld not to safeguard the public from panic, more likely to

safeguard the company's stock price

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 10:00 AM

6. I doubt the stock price had anything to do with it rather if it's a well-used drug

such as as specific brand of insulin then causing a panic serves no purpose.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 11:26 AM

7. Don't panic. Yet.

As someone who uses a specific brand of insulin, while other brands cause infusion site issues, I reserve the right to panic. No reason for that yet, though.

At the higher level, Ive been predicting for years that it wouldnt take much to disrupt our global supply chain. Not pleased to discover Im right.

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Response to luxmatic (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 12:59 PM

8. I to use a Fiasp in my Tslim x2 but I had the wisdom to have my endo

write the prescription for about 1 more vial a month than I use so I probably have enough to last me an extra one to two months.
About the only sticking point would be the cartridges and infusion kits but worse case there is i have to go back to injections.

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 03:40 PM

11. or to prevent hoarding and panic

Lots of insulin is now made in Puerto Rico and is not a medicine that has impact on viral infections so hopefully any shortage is unlikely.

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Response to Apollo Zeus (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 03:45 PM

12. hsard to hoard a script as refills are monitored, any way it is what it is

and shows the vulnerability we have with "globalization"

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Response to beachbumbob (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 03:47 PM

13. True but suppliers could hold some back until the prices skyrocket

if not in the US then elsewhere

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Response to wishstar (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 09:17 AM

5. Looking at worldometers this morning

I see the various countries latest responses. Of course the USs response is the establishment of a dept of propaganda; Pense to control info. Sounds about like what youd expect.

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Response to wishstar (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 02:30 PM

9. All those generics made in those countries!

I fear the impact of contaminated drugs is going to be horrific. I've looked up many generic drug companies, on FDA, in Asian countries and have been appalled at the number of companies that have been given warnings by the FDA for unsanitary manufacturing conditions. This was all before the coronavirus ever started. There were some generics that I would not even take because of these warnings. Very little oversight at those places. Think of how many generics from possible unsafe companies are coming into the US and being taken by millions of us. Oh, this scares the hell out of me.

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Response to wishstar (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 04:30 PM

14. When demand outstrips supply, The Invisible Hand of the Free Market raises prices.

We are being primed for some good old capitalist price gouging.

The very rich will get the first vaccines and best treatment.

The rest of us will get face masks made in China.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 28, 2020, 06:46 PM

15. Same as it ever was n/t

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