FDA Fast Facts: Hurricane Florence Response Efforts
For Immediate Release: September 19, 2018
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While Hurricane Florence dissipated into a tropical depression on Sunday, unfortunately, the danger has not yet passed for many, especially those in the Carolinas, who are coping with historic flooding. At the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, our teams remain dedicated to supporting the response and recovery for this devastating storm. The priority right now is focused on response and lifesaving actions, especially in regard to supporting the safety of those impacted by significant flooding.
“Flooding associated with a hurricane’s impact can be devastating. I am extremely proud of the many FDA employees who have already deployed to help North and South Carolina begin their recovery as quickly as possible. These men and women are also supported by hundreds of other FDA employees who are working diligently to do all they can to help support the hurricane response and recovery, whether it is helping keep consumers safe by providing advice on food safety and insulin storage, or helping farmers, pharmacies, manufacturers and the retail food sector recover and return to business,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “As part of our efforts to help prevent any medical product shortages as a result of Hurricane Florence’s impact, our team has been in ongoing, close contact with approximately 30 firms that manufacture critically important medical drugs. Fortunately, at this time, we do not anticipate any critical shortages of medical products, but we recognize we are not out of the clear and there continues to be threats of rapid flooding. If needed, we will not hesitate to tap into any of the measures available to us to help mitigate potential shortages. We are committed to working with states and other partners to assess the storm’s impacts over the coming weeks and take all steps possible to ensure the safety of the products we regulate, including medicines, medical devices, food, and the blood supply.”
The following is an update on FDA’s current response efforts:
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For more information:
- Hurricane Safety Resources
- Resources for Food Producers in Flooded Areas
- Resources for Animal Food Producers in Flooded Areas
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