The increase in Russian energy purchases by the US comes amid long-standing tensions between Moscow and Washington. The White House has been persistently blasting the Russia-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, warning European allies against becoming too dependent on Russian energy supplies. The Biden administration continues to threaten European partners of the project with sanctions.
80% of the medications marketed in the US are manufactured offshore, 66% of those APIs come from China, and are then, often shipped to India, for final manufacture. Because of recalls and issues of quality, many drugs that we commonly use in hospitals have been in short supply for years. CIDRAP identified 156 medications “used in acute care that, if unavailable for a few hours or days, can lead to increased patient death rates.” Sixty have been unavailable off and on for years. More to the point
What we are seeing now is some products that are in a shortage and others that are in a very tight market,” he said. There was a 51 percent increase in demand for sedatives and anaesthetics in March, compared to the same period in January, before the coronavirus pandemic hit the US. Now, only 63 percent of these orders have been fulfilled. For analgesics, a kind of painkiller, demand rose by 67 percent. Orders for neuromuscular blockers, which relax muscles, rose 39 percent.