USA – FDA urges device companies to report shortages

The FDA tweeted a request to medical devicemakers to report any potential shortages of equipment that may be necessary to diagnose COVID-19, since they aren’t required to report shortages in the same way drugmakers are, Politico reported. 

The FDA is trying to gather information about swabs, test kits and any other supplies that could be used for diagnostic testing. 

Due to a decades-old law, devicemakers aren’t required to report potential shortages to the FDA. That makes it hard for the agency to identify weaknesses in the supply chain for coronavirus testing, according to Politico