Pharmacies are preparing for an all-out panic. The United States could experience a prescription drug shortage in a matter of days and health officials want everyone to be on alert.
“A worsening coronavirus outbreak reportedly could threaten shortages of about 150 prescription drugs, several of them with no alternatives,” reported The Hill this week.
China plays a crucial role in manufacturing and supplying ingredients for many prescription drugs — including “antibiotics, generics, and branded drugs,” though a list of affected products wasn’t immediately available.
However, as China continues to deal with the coronavirus — which has resulted in over 2,500 deaths alone in the country so far — much-needed drug supplies that other nations depend upon could see a delay.
But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently working to calm any fears that prescription drugs that U.S. citizens depend upon could be noticeably impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
“If a potential shortage or disruption of medical products is identified by the FDA, we will use all available tools to react swiftly and mitigate the impact to U.S. patients and health care professionals,” said an FDA official.
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