Lawmakers aim to bring medical products to market more quickly during shortages

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A bipartisan group of House members is pushing to fix weaknesses in the U.S. supply chain for American medical products, such as drugs and surgical masks, which have become dependent on Chinese imports.

The House bill, co-authored by Wisconsin Reps. Mike Gallagher, a Republican, and Mark Pocan, a Democrat, would authorize the Food and Drug Administration to analyze sourcing locations of medical products and more efficiently bring those products to market when shortages happen. Medical device shortages have become a growing challenge in combating the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and globally.

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