August 20, 2020
FDA Releases List of Medical Devices in Shortage
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a list of various medical supplies in shortage that are needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The medical devices on the list are categorized as personal protective equipment, testing supplies and ventilation-related products, and include devices such as masks and surgical gowns. Notably, the list does not include specific devices or names of manufacturers.
The FDA released the list for the first time using new authority under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has long raised concerns on the vulnerabilities in the medical supply chain. ASA has called on Congress and the Administration to advance measures that would strengthen the nation’s health care infrastructure to minimize potential shortages of critical medical supplies.
Throughout the pandemic, ASA has been working closely with the FDA and looks forward to continuing working with Congress and the Administration on addressing the shortages of critical medical supplies.