Last week an EF3 tornado blew through a Pfizer plant as concerns of drug shortages rise

Pfizer Plant Tornado

Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • US Hospitals Brace for Drug Shortages After Pfizer Plant Damaged in Tornado
  • After an EF-3 tornado ripped through North Carolina this week, there are concerns U.S. hospitals could face drug shortages.
  • One of the hardest hit sites was the Pfizer factory in Rocky Mount, a huge facility with the equivalent of more than 24 football fields in manufacturing space.
  • The drug company says all employees were safely evacuated, adding in a tweet that it is still “determining the best way to get back online as quickly as possible.”
  • The plant produces nearly 25 percent of Pfizer’s sterile injectables used in U.S. hospitals. That includes medicines that treat infections and drugs for anesthesia and surgeries.
  • Experts warn there could be long-term shortages as Pfizer shifts production to other locations or rebuilds.
  • All of this puts even more pressure on already strained drug supplies at U.S. hospitals.
  • Overall, there were 309 drug shortages in the U.S. at the end of June. That’s up from 295 at the end of last year and the highest total recorded since 2014.
  • It’s still not clear which drugs might be affected or how long a shortage could last. For now, hospitals are storing up supplies and holding their breath until more is known.

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