A plan by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) would direct federal agencies to review the United States’ reliance on foreign countries for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies.
Titled the U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Review Act, the plan would have the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Treasury Secretary conduct a study on the issue in the wake of the Chinese coronavirus crisis.
“COVID-19 has made it painfully clear that we must pass meaningful legislation in order to help rebuild our nation’s medical manufacturing and pharmaceutical sector,” Rubio said in a statement.
“To defeat the current COVID-19 crisis and better equip the United States against future pandemics, we must take control of our supply chain and rely less on foreign countries for our critical drugs,” Warren said.
Specifically, the legislation would require the review to look at U.S. reliance on foreign countries for pharmaceuticals and its impact on