SYRACUSE, NY – USA Sen. Chuck Schumer has asked the Food and Drug Administration to declare an emergency in an effort to store local pharmacies with a missing missing vaccine.
Schumer visited Burnet Pharmacy in Syracuse Monday to talk about the vaccine deficiency and urge the FDA to undermine the federal government's shutdown by declaring an emergency.
"The FDA is closed," Schumer said. "And when [pharmacies] … call the FDA and say we have a lack of shingle shots, they say," There is no one here to help because the FDA is closed. ""
Last year, drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline went to market with Shingrix, a vaccine that is 90 percent effective in shingles prevention. It requires two doses administered six months apart.
Burnet Pharmacy has run out of hell vaccine. So have other local pharmacies, Schumer said. People waiting for their second dose are in doubt as to whether they will receive it in time.
FDA staff typically communicate with pharmacies and manufacturers with information on vaccine production and shipping dates. Now Schumer said that pharmacies have been left in the dark, unsure when their next shipment of Shingrix comes and how much they get.
"When there is a shortage of a substance, the FDA will work with the drug company to ensure that the drug they are inaccessible to is available. They contain it," Schumer said. He added that the FDA is also working with manufacturers to increase drug production.
These FDA workers have been considered immaterial as part of the federal government's decommissioning.
Schumer wrote a letter to the FDA urging them to declare the vaccine deficiency an emergency. In it he asks four things:
- Consider the lack of an emergency
- Work as a space with the producers to let local pharmacies know when shipments arrive.
- Accelerate regulatory obstacles that can prevent shipments from entering the United States
- Prioritize vaccine shipments to New York and other high population countries
Shingles is a virus that leads to a painful skin rash. It usually affects people who are older than 50 years. This is due to the same virus that leads to chicken pox in children.
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