Sandbox forum: Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico

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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Sep 22, 2017 7:52 PM CST
Terrible stuff, prayers for this community.

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Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
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Sep 24, 2017 3:44 PM CST
So sorry for all the devastation that Maria brought. As if they needed any more problems after already being hit by Irma. And some of those Islands also got hit by Jose. Very sad.
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Oct 9, 2017 6:59 PM CST
Puerto Rico hurricane damage stretches supply of IV saline
Damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria has disrupted the nation's supply of some intravenous (IV) saline and dextrose bags, the Washington Post reported today. Baxter International, one of the makers of small-volume IV bags, widely used for rehydration and to dilute medications, said "multiple production days" were lost in the aftermath of the storm, and it has established a system to allocate the product to hospitals based on past purchases.

On Oct 6, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, issued a statement saying the FDA is taking new steps to mitigate the impact of two recent hurricanes on the island's medical product manufacturing sector, alongside its ongoing efforts to directly assist Puerto Rico's residents. He said pharmaceutical and biological products account for about 30% of the territory's gross domestic product, and 10% of all drugs consumed by Americans are made in Puerto Rico. "And that doesn't even account for medical devices. Puerto Rico is vital to the health and wellbeing of Americans," he said.

Some facilities were hit harder than other, but the ones that sustained minor damage are running on generator power and aren't back at full production. "New shortages could result from these disruptions, and shortages that existed before the storms could potentially be extended," Gottlieb said, adding that the FDA is in close contact with senior management at the companies.

The FDA says it is monitoring 40 products on a list of critical products for which shortages could have a substantial public health impact. The FDA said it will provide more details on specific products as appropriate and as it learns more.

According to the Post story, Puerto Rico is home to more than four dozen FDA-approved drug making facilities, including ones owned by Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Amgen. A Baxter spokesman told the Post that limited IV fluid production is under way in Puerto Rico and that the company is leveraging its global production capacity to support the supply as operations are restored in Puerto Rico. Some US hospitals have said they haven't been affected by the shortage, while others said supplies are tight.
Oct 9 Washington Post story
Oct 6 FDA statement

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

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