US likely to see shortage of generic pharmaceutical drugs

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton stresses the importance of wearing masks and avoiding large social gatherings.
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In today's weekend download, chief health correspondent Dr. Ashton addressing some of the new headlines on the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for joining us this morning. Dr. Jen, let's dig right in, a new federal intelligence report obtained by ABC news found that with coronavirus outbreaks continuing to spread across the world, the U.S. Is likely to see a shortage of generic pharmaceutical drugs. What are the biggest concerns? Exactly, Eva. That's really a reminder of the ripple effect of this pandemic and how things that happen in other parts of the world have a direct effect on us. So we're talking about largely China and India, China supplies most of the active pharmaceutical ingredients for the world's generic drugs, then they go to India who then makes those generic medications and right now, according to the department of homeland security, we're facing over 200 generic drug shortages and also medical supplies. Eva, we're talking about drugs that we need the hospital for cardiac arrest and drugs that are used for congestive health problems. Also, Dr. Anthony Fauci repeatedly telling Americans to wear a face mask when going out in public. Some people are reluctant to wear masks. Just how important are face masks right now? I mean, Eva, it's the best we have, I think right now we have to remember in medicine, we deal with reluctance and noncompliance all the time. The onus of responsibility is on the medical professionals and scientists to explain why it's important, to communicate the importance of something like this and partially we're to blame for this. In the beginning we said no need for masks for the lay public, that was before we knew that so many people could be infected with covid-19 and show no symptoms. Obviously, if people are sick and don't feel well, they're not going to be out in community spreading this virus, but because so many people can have no symptoms the premise is still the same -- the masks go on sick people to protect others. So it's really not just about you, it's about us. And talking about those infected people, more reports of clusters of young people becoming infected with the virus after big social gatherings, what's your advice as people try to balance socializing and staying healthy? Double down on those big three -- wear the mask and stay six feet apart and keep your hands clean. That's the best we can do right now. Good advice, Dr. Ashton. Thanks for being with us. And we'll be right back with

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