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HIDA: Medical supplies face ongoing delays

HIDA: Medical supplies face ongoing delays

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Medical supplies are being delayed 37 days due to ongoing supply chain problems, according to research by the Health Industry Distributors Association. 

These delays are impacting 8,000-12,000 containers of supplies throughout the U.S. transportation system, the association says. 

“HIDA recommends a fast-pass system to prioritize essential medical supplies through ports, onto rail and truck for expedited delivery to the front lines of health care,” said HIDA President and CEO Matthew J. Rowan. “Rules and regulations impeding timely and efficient movement of critical medical supplies must be relaxed during a public health emergency.” 

In November, HIDA called for further action to avoid delays in delivering medical supplies to health care providers. 

HIDA found containers with medical supplies are delayed, on average, 17 days at ports, 11 days by rail and nine days by truck. 

Listen to what Linda Rouse O’Neill, HIDA’s vice president of supply chain policy & executive branch relations, had to say about supply chain issues on the HME News in 10 podcast.



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