Physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers are all too familiar with drug and medical device shortages. The problem has been increasing for at least a decade, and the current situation in Puerto Rico has brought it front and center once again.
As the New York Times recently reported, many pharma and med device companies have factories in Puerto Rico. When Hurricane Maria devastated the territory’s power grid, the manufacturing capacity at many of those facilities was dramatically reduced. Consequently, a number of widely used products, including surgical staples, plastic tubing, Tylenol®, and the HIV drug Prezista®, are now in short supply.