February 4, 2020

Coronavirus could disrupt healthcare supply chain

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The US healthcare industry should prepare for a disruption in the supply chain for disposable medical-surgical devices and high-tech therapeutic and diagnostic products from China amid the coronavirus outbreak, the January 31 Modern Healthcare reports.

Data show that devices and diagnostic products from China account for about 3% of the $170 billion medtech market. China is a major global supplier of disposable medical devices like syringes and gloves, as well as surgical equipment like joint implants and MRI machines.

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In addition, an estimated 80% of active ingredients used to make medications are imported from China.


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