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    FDA head: Hurricane Maria set to hit hospitals nationwide, clobber drug supply

    BETH MOLE – 10/11/2017, 8:55 AM

    After Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico on September 20, the nation’s drug supply and hospitals should brace for their own beating in the next two to three weeks, head of the US Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb warned in an interview with Reuters Tuesday.

    With more than four dozen FDA-approved pharmaceutical plants, Puerto Rico manufactures 10 percent of drugs prescribed in the US. The list of drugs made there includes 13 of the world’s top-selling brand-name drugs, such as Humira, the rheumatoid arthritis drug, and Xarelto, a blood thinner for stroke prevention, the New York Times reported. Some of the medicines made there are made nowhere else.

    “Some of these products are critical to Americans,” Scott Gottlieb told a congressional panel last week. “A loss of access could have significant public health consequences.”

    Weeks after the hurricane hit, the territory is still limping from the devastation. Just 16 percent of electricity service has been restored, for instance. Drug makers are still producing some products, but they face uncertain power supply, difficulty getting materials, and a work force also struggling to recover.

     

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    https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/fda-head-hurricane-maria-set-to-hit-hospitals-nationwide-clobber-drug-supply/

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  • HeartoftheMidwest (267 posts)
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    1. The stupidity and lack of awareness of this current administration is criminal.

    Literally, killing people with its ignorance and neglect. Criminal.

    • LiberalElite (5409 posts)
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      2. That could be a whole new Trump Cabinet post

      Director of Criminal Stupidity.

      I feel much better since I've given up hope
      • HeartoftheMidwest (267 posts)
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        7. But…but…there's already a "DCS" cabinet member in every Cabinet position!

        • LiberalElite (5409 posts)
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          9. Hmmm. Too true.🤔

          I feel much better since I've given up hope
    • travelamerica (714 posts)
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      5. Stupid people can be just as dangerous as evil people

      It should be criminal to hold a critical position that can affect people’s lives without having a sufficient level of competence.

      • HeartoftheMidwest (267 posts)
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        6. I like the way you think!

  • GZeusH (2105 posts)
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    3. Watch a lack of drug supply

    Lead to a statistical drop in mortality and morbidity.   That would say a lot about the effectiveness of modern medicine and Big Pharma.

    Correlation is not causation. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Your mileage may vary.

    Policy:  The mistaken notion that bossy people have that they can influence other people's behavior through majority rule.
  • Coldmountaintrail (2453 posts)
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    4. if true, it means there's no failsafe in the system = criminally stupid.

    if false, just another fake reason to jack up prices = criminal.

    • retired liberal (1653 posts)
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      8. ^^^^ THIS^^^^

      Gotta take advantage of the situation. Them buck$ don’t grow themselves. Daddy wants a new jet anyway.

      No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up. Lily Tomlin