Acetaminophen is a common drug used to treat pain and reduce fever. (Tylenol is a popular brand name for the drug.)
But most of this over-the-counter medication comes from China, and at one point this year, the pandemic border closures and quarantine measures led to a shortage of it.
In a new GHN Commentary, the CEO of Georgia Bio writes that the overreliance on pharmaceutical ingredients from overseas creates such shortages. She supports legislative action.
“In order to ensure that Georgians can continue accessing the medicine they need, even in the midst of a pandemic, we need policies that encourage and incentivize domestic production of medicines,’’ writes Maria Thacker-Goethe.