Reduction In Flights Hits Global Supply Chain
Global And European Bodies Call For Urgent Action Amid Coronavirus
Urgent action is needed to reopen air freight routes so that the global off-patent industry can deliver critical medicines and supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic, international industry representatives have insisted.
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Australia’s off-patent industry association, the GBMA, and local brand organization Medicines Australia have set out their plans for collaborating on supplying essential medicines amid the coronavirus pandemic. The move follows a recent temporary authorization by local competition regulator the ACCC that will allow the bodies to work more closely together.
Governments around the world should designate all medicines as ‘priority essential products’, the IGBA has urged, as a surge in demand coinciding with a reduction in the number of flights and rising freight costs are making it more difficult for suppliers to meet global requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic.