Tornado damage to Pfizer plant likely to create long-term shortages of some drugs hospitals need

The fallout from a Pfizer factory damaged by a tornado could put even more pressure on already strained drug supplies to US hospitals, experts say.

Wednesday’s tornado struck near Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and ripped through the roof of a Pfizer factory that produces nearly 25 percent of all sterile injectable medicines used in U.S. hospitals, according to the drugmaker.

Debris is strewn around the Pfizer facility on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 in Rocky Mount, NC after storm damage.

Pfizer said all employees have been safely evacuated and accounted for and it is still assessing the damages.

Here’s a closer look at the possible effects.

What are Sterile Injectables?

The North Carolina plant produces injectables as drugs that are used in intravenous infusions or that are administered under the skin or into the muscles of the patient.

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