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Repatriating the US drug supply — Medically Necessary

Getting production back on US soil

Shortages of many generic drugs have plagued the U.S. health system for decades. The leading cause of drug shortages is quality issues at manufacturing plants, which are mostly overseas. Some experts argue that bringing pharmaceutical production back to the U.S. will help companies and regulators better monitor manufacturing and avoid a variety of issues.

Matt Blois talks to Michael Alkire, CEO at Premier, about how moving drug manufacturing overseas disrupted the quality of some drugs being used today. The two look at what it will take to return production to America and how coming back to the US can help prepare for the next national health emergency.

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Kaylee Nix

Kaylee Nix is a meteorologist and reporter for FreightWaves. She joined the company in November of 2020 after spending two years as a broadcast meteorologist for a local television channel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kaylee graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2018 and immediately made the Tennessee Valley her home. Kaylee creates written summaries of FreightWaves live podcasts and cultivates the social media for FreightWaves TV.