The bill would help ensure continued manufacturing of medical products during shortages, reduce over-reliance on foreign manufacturers like China
WASHINGTON – US Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced the Strategic Planning for Emergency Medical Manufacturing Act to strengthen the national medical supply chain. This bipartisan legislation would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and maintain a voluntary list of domestic manufacturers to produce medical supplies in the event of a severe shortage, and to create a streamlined process for US manufacturers to work with the department to determine production capacity. , technical assistance needs and federal contracting opportunities.
“If another pandemic hits the United States, we cannot depend on China and other countries for PPE and other resources we need to save lives,” said Dr Cassidy. “This bill ensures that we have manufacturers here at home that we can count on.”
“As COVID-19 started to spread last year, shortages of much-needed medical supplies like ventilators, masks and face shields created a crisis, and domestic manufacturers who rallied to produce these items have faced a wide range of frustrating logistics issues. challenges, ” said Senator Rosen. “Our bipartisan legislation would provide proactive federal planning and training support to American businesses to help the United States overcome future shortages in the medical supply chain, so that we are less dependent on foreign manufacturers like China. and better prepared for the next pandemic. “
The Emergency Medical Manufacturing Strategic Planning Act would direct the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and maintain a voluntary list of domestic manufacturers interested in shifting production to essential supplies when needed. Companies would have a direct point of contact within HHS and a streamlined process for working with HHS to develop plans for what they could produce, capacity, technical assistance needs, and federal contracting opportunities for the purchase of goods produced by this process. State, local and tribal governments; medical providers; hospitals; and other health care providers would also have access to this network as a back-up system when critical supply shortages are anticipated.