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Local Expert Says Coronavirus Outbreak Could Lead To Drug Shortages

Chris Sommer
February 24, 2020 - 8:30 am

As more countries around the world report new cases of coronavirus, new concerns are emerging.

Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council President/CEO Stephen Love said the impact of the virus on China could lead to international drug shortages in the near future. 

A significant percentage of the ingredients used in pharmaceuticals is produced in China, where key facilities remain shut down over the outbreak. 

Until those factories reopen, a disruption is likely in the pharmaceutical pipeline. Love said the impact could be felt in the next 4-6 weeks.

Meanwhile, the local impact of the coronavirus has been minimal. 

Love talked about ongoing efforts to maintain that progress with KRLD's Chris Sommer.