Pharma supply chain facing a perfect storm

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The tensions facing the global supply chain have been building in the pharmaceutical industry since even before the pandemic began, said Apurva Saraf, CEO of privately-held Cosette Pharmaceuticals (South Plainfield, New Jersey), in a recent interview.

About five years ago, China, a central producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), began shutting down tens of thousands of factories as a result of environmental infractions.

After the SARS-CoV-2 virus emerged in Wuhan, additional factory closures constricted production further.

There was a “rolling effect” when the pandemic began in China and later spread to Italy and New York and New Jersey in the U.S. — all critical areas for the pharmaceutical industry, Saraf said.

Repeated stringent lockdown measures in countries such as China, Italy and India reduced the flow of dru…

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