The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has revealed the vulnerability of the supply chain of drugs that originate in China, which is the main supply source of raw ingredients for penicillin, ibuprofen, and aspirin.
However, drugs are frequently announced to be in short supply. In fact, the FDA has a running list of drug shortages due to anything from increasing demand to regulatory factors as well as supply disruptions.
24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of drugs in short supply from information provided by the Food and Drug Administration.
Drug shortages occur for a variety of reasons and this has been an ongoing problem the FDA and legislators have been trying to address. These include manufacturing and quality issues, delays involving logistics along the supply chain, and the lack of incentives for manufacturers to supply drugs they consider to be not as profitable as they had hoped. These are the world’s 15 top selling drugs…