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Trump administration in talks with India to avoid U.S. drug supply shortage

Trump administration in talks with India to avoid U.S. drug supply shortage

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials are asking India to lift restrictions to give the U.S. access to pharmaceutical ingredients to produce a range of drugs amid fears of a U.S. drug supply shortage prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, three sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The two governments are holding discussions aimed at easing new restrictions on pharmaceutical exports from India, which New Delhi introduced to ensure that the country would have medicine needed to handle the pandemic inside its borders, the sources said.

With the coronavirus potentially disrupting the global supply chain for medicine, India earlier this month restricted the export of 26 pharmaceutical ingredients and the medicines made from them, including acetaminophen — a common pain reliever. India, the world’s leading supplier of generic drugs, is a key source for active pharmaceutical ingredients used to produce a range of medicines.

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Alicia Bligen, RN, works in a cardiac ICU in central New Jersey. On top of concerns about catching the coronavirus, she's also worried about a shortage of the medicine she takes to function. (Photo: Alicia Bligen)

ICU nurse with lupus faces shortage of medicine and coronavirus protective gear

It’s a trying time to be a healthcare worker in America. But for Alicia Bligen, a nurse with lupus who works in a cardiac intensive care unit in New Jersey, it’s uniquely perilous. In a state with more than 13,000 cases of the coronavirus, Bligen has two separate but equal concerns — and both revolve around supplies.

For one, she’s concerned about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) at her hospital, especially as a person with an autoimmune disease (meaning she’s more at risk of serious infection). On top of it — in the wake of the Food and Drug Administration approving the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for treatment of COVID-19 — she’s concerned about a potential shortage of the medicine she takes to function.

Bligen was diagnosed in about 2014 with lupus, an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks its own tissues, causing symptoms such as severe joint

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Inhalers used to treat coronavirus causing shortage for asthma sufferers, experts say

Inhalers used to treat coronavirus causing shortage for asthma sufferers, experts say

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is warning asthma sufferers that the novel coronavirus is causing a shortage of albuterol inhalers.

Albuterol opens the air passages in the lungs and is commonly used to treat asthma as well as cough, wheezing and shortness of breath, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Now, it’s being used to treat COVID-19 and the ACAAI is telling asthma sufferers to expect shortages.

Nearly 25 million people in the United States have asthma, according to 2018 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The shortage is occurring because of the increased use of albuterol inhalers in hospitals for COVID-19 and suspected COVID-19 patients to help with respiratory issues,” the ACAAI said in a news release.

Only “certain parts of the country” are experiencing shortages, the college said in the March 20 release, but they’re expected to spread throughout the U.S.

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Young woman doctor anesthesiologist dressed in green gown, prepares an IV in hospital room

Mask Shortage Straps Pharmacists Who Need Them To Keep Medicines Pure

By Christina Jewett and Sydney Lupkin, NPR News

Pharmacy staff who prepare IV drugs inside hospitals are the latest health care workers decrying a shortage of masks as they scramble to prepare medications for patients with everything from cancer to COVID-19.

The staffers wear surgical masks while preparing liquid medications injected into patients’ veins to avoid breathing any droplets of saliva into the formulas, a crucial step in ensuring the medication remains sterile. Pharmacists are also in need of N95 masks to protect them as they counsel patients at hospitals — but tend to be behind front-line medical providers in line for protective gear.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists surveyed about 400 members about the shortages.

“I can tell you we had some very concerned members who indicated that they’re in danger of running out,” says Michael Ganio, a pharmacist and director of pharmacy practice and quality with the

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US faces blood shortage as donation sites shutter

US faces blood shortage as donation sites shutter

<span>Photograph: Karen Ducey/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the US, a dangerous blood shortage threatens to create another public health crisis – with one medical director warning: “This could kill our patients.”

Coronavirus control methods mandate social distancing that has ranged from banning in-person seating in restaurants to closing schools to issuing shelter-in-place orders. Many places where blood donation might take place – such as campuses and libraries – are presently shuttered.

The result has been a disaster for blood donation as the medical sector finds its blood supplies running out.

The American Red Cross said that as of 19 March, more than 5,000 of its blood drives were canceled across the US over coronavirus concerns – resulting in approximately 170,000 fewer donations. More than 80% of donated blood collected from the Red Cross is from drives at places closed for social distancing: workplaces, schools, and college campuses.

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