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How many new drug shortages will be identified in 2020 by the FDA?

The Coronavirus outbreak could cause drug shortages. This may arise from the increased demand for medical care and from impacts to supply chains caused by travel restrictions and quarantine measures. A shortage of critical drugs could impact efforts to treat healthcare and magnify the impact of the virus.

The FDA publishes an annual report detailing the number of new drug shortages as required by law (Requirement 7). In 2018 they identified 54 new shortages, stating:

In 2017, there were a total of 39 new drug and biological product shortages identified; in 2018, 54 were identified

39 drug shortages were reported in 2017 and 22 were reported in 2016 (22).

This question asks: How many new drug shortages will be identified by the FDA in their 2020 annual report?

This question will resolve to the number of new drug shortages identified in 2020 by the FDA in their 2020 annual report (as indicated by their response to requirement 7). If the event the report cannot be found or is not published by December 31, 2021 this will resolve ambiguously.

Resolution will be as of January 1, 2021 in both cases.


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