A Hurricane Named Maria
By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst
Disclaimer: Being based in Puerto Rico, I lived through Irma and Maria; however best practices recommendations apply to anywhere in the world that may suffer a catastrophic event.
A black swan event is one that is extremely rare and unlikely. Hurricane Irma stormed through the Caribbean on September 6, 2017. Two weeks later, on September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and collided with the supply chains of leading life science companies who have a manufacturing presence on the island.
Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Commissioner of the FDA, took notice immediately and issued a press release within five days to address how the agency would help the island recover and what steps should be taken to avoid critical drug supply shortages for US citizens residing on the island and the US mainland. Gottlieb wrote, “News coverage has touched on an issue about which we at FDA are very concerned and we are working around the clock to address – the potential for shortages of critical life-saving and life-sustaining drugs needed by patients on and off the island.” Continue reading