Shortages of Sterile Injectable Drugs Are Likely to Get Worse

Current shortages of sterile injectable drugs are likely to worsen, following a tornado that seriously damaged a Pfizer plant in North Carolina that manufactures nearly 25% of the nation’s supply of these drugs. In recent months providers have reported a shortage of around 300 drugs, many of which are sterile injectable ones, such as painkillers, anti-infectives, surgical muscle relaxants, anesthesia, and therapeutics. It is currently unclear which specific drugs will be most impacted by the tornado damage.