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Josh Hawley Announces Bill to Reduce U.S. Reliance on Chinese Medical Supply Chain


Added 02-25-20 02:04:03pm EST - “Senator Josh Hawley announced that he will introduce a bill that would diversify the U.S. medical supply chain in order to reduce reliance on Chinese products.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Josh Hawley Announces Bill to Reduce U.S. Reliance on Chinese Medical Supply Chain | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) announced on Tuesday that he will introduce a bill that would diversify the U.S. medical supply chain in order to reduce reliance on Chinese products.

“If the Coronavirus crisis makes anything clear, it’s that we need to stop relying on China for our critical medical supply chains,” Hawley wrote on Twitter. “I will introduce legislation this week to jump start that effort.”

On Monday, Hawley sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn asking how the agency plans to deal with a potential medical supply shortage caused by the onset of the coronavirus in China.

“The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus has threatened the domestic supply of some 150 prescription drugs, including antibiotics, generics, and branded drugs. Some of these drugs do not have alternatives on the market,” Hawley wrote in the letter. “The degree to which some of our own manufacturers rely on China to produce life-saving and life-sustaining medications is inexcusable.”

Hawley’s legislation announcement came as the Center for Disease Control said that the Wuhan coronavirus would continue to spread in the U.S.

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