Medical Supply Chain During Coronavirus

In February, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) put out a notice that there are concerns the Coronavirus pandemic could disrupt the supply chain for medical supplies for pets.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has raised concern about potential medical supply issues, including both pharmaceuticals and medical products such as personal protective equipment,” the AVMA wrote in a February 28 blog post. Officials there said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is closely monitoring the situation and will assist if needed.

Charleston Animal Society has felt these impacts. One example is the price of surgical masks, which has gone from $4/box to $50/box.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said six animal drug firms that source ingredients or make finished products in China have indicated they’re seeing disruptions in the supply chain that could soon lead to shortages.