Republicans ask Biden to solve medical dye shortage, reliance on Chinese products amid supply chain crisis

In a letter to Biden this week, 대표가 이끄는. Michelle Steel, R- 칼리프., including support from House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., and over two dozen other members, the lawmakers warn that the shortage of the dye, 전화 “intravenous contrast fluids,” 이다 “urgent and must be addressed.

The members state that Biden’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported shortages ofiohexol and iodixanol intravenous contrast media productsused to conduct a wide array of medical scans. They cite the University of Virginia, which recently had to cancel more than 680 CT imagining appointments due to this shortage.

President Biden waits before giving remarks on inflation and supply chain issues at the Port of Los Angeles, 금요일, 유월 10, 2022, 로스 앤젤레스. (AP 사진 / Evan Vucci)

President Biden waits before giving remarks on inflation and supply chain issues at the Port of Los Angeles, 금요일, 유월 10, 2022, 로스 앤젤레스. (AP 사진 / Evan Vucci) (AP 사진 / Evan Vucci)

With the lack of intravenous contrast fluids and the potential for further depletion, many physicians and patients could continue facing delays in the detection of diseases like cancer,” the Republicans wrote.

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게다가, the Republicans specifically expressed concern with the United Statesdependence on Chinese manufactured medical products, which puts the U.S. in a bad situation, especially with one of the nation’s adversaries.

“더욱이, we understand that the shortage of intravenous contrast fluids has risen from lockdowns by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and our nation’s dependency on Chinese-made medical products. It is imperative that you prioritize efforts to domestically produce medical products such as intravenous contrast fluids and reduce federal barriers that prevent disbursement of needed medical products,” the lawmakers say.

Republican conference chair Rep. 엘리스 스테파 닉, R-N.Y., speaks with reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill, 수요일, 11 월. 3, 2021, 워싱턴. (AP 사진 / Alex Brandon)

Republican conference chair Rep. 엘리스 스테파 닉, R-N.Y., speaks with reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill, 수요일, 11 월. 3, 2021, 워싱턴. (AP 사진 / Alex Brandon) (AP 사진 / Alex Brandon)

They continue: “게다가, this shortage highlights the urgent need to establish an outbound investment review process to ensure that critical capabilities are not being offshored, especially to our adversaries, without visibility by the U.S. 정부. A proactive approach would address supply chain resiliency, improve access to care, and lower costs for our constituents.

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The lawmakers also expressed complaints with the rising cost of gas and other goods that have been impacted by the supply chain crisis and 40-year high inflation.

SANTA ANA, CA - 십일월 05: Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel participates in a press conference in Santa Ana,그A. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

SANTA ANA, 그 – 십일월 05: Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel participates in a press conference in Santa Ana, 그. (Photo by Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

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