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    Posted: July 21 2023 at 11:48pm

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A tornado caused extensive damage at a large Pfizer pharmaceutical plant in North Carolina on Wednesday, threatening critical supplies of medicines nationwide at a time of worsening drug shortages

On Thursday, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf tweeted the FDA is "aware of the storm damage at Pfizer's NC plant & is grateful employees there are unharmed." 

"I spoke w/Pfizer's CEO this afternoon to understand the extent of the damage & any potential impact to the drug supply & to offer our support. We're following the situation closely," Califf said. 

DJ, Pfizer is a "global player"; shortages in the US may increase pharma prices worldwide...

In what could be a sign of future supply chain disruptions, a White House spokesperson said the FDA "is monitoring the situation closely as it evolves and is working with the company to understand the extent of the damage and any potential impact to the nation's drug supply."

Pfizer's website says the plant produces a wide range of products, "including anesthesia, analgesia, therapeutics, anti-infectives and neuromuscular blockers." It said, "More than 400 million units leaving the Rocky Mount site annually help treat patients around the world." 

Erin Fox, who runs the University of Utah's drug information service, has warned that the scarcity of drugs in the US has reached a nine-year peak. Currently, there are 309 drugs medicines in short supply, including 177 sterile injectables. 

Using the News Trend function on the Terminal, news stories containing "drug shortage" spiked during Covid and have surged since late 2022. 

Public health should be in public hands...lots of basics for pharma-products comes from BRICS+ countries...US/NATO agression is worsening international relations.

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