ResMed, Baxter show COVID-19 is not the only challenge for medical supplies

Coronavirus 493 Health Care 325 U.S. 5064

Medical supply chains have swelled in the past year as a result of demand for products ranging from PPE to ventilators needed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. While demand has been challenging there are also increasing supply chain issues. Ventilator supplier ResMed has flagged “higher freight costs” while diversified supplier Baxter has noted “global supply chain challenges along with the Suez Canal” blockage. U.S. imports of products needed to diagnose and treat the pandemic climbed 5.1% in March versus February on a days-adjusted basis to reach $14.11 billion. Shipments of PPE surged ...

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