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Covid Supplies, Overdose Drug on FDA’s Essential Needs List (1)

Oct. 30, 2020, 3:57 PM; Updated: Oct. 30, 2020, 7:42 PM

Covid-19 treatment dexamethasone, opioid overdose drug naloxone, diagnostic test reagents, and various vaccines and surgical equipment are among the items on the FDA’s “essential” medical products list released Friday.

In August, President Donald Trump signed an executive order mandating the FDA to come up with a list of medical products it considers critical to care for Americans. Now, the federal government has the much more difficult task of figuring out how to buy massive amounts of those products. The order’s next stages involves bringing drug and device manufacturing for many of these products back to the U.S.—a massive ...

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