US Senate Bill Aims To Break America’s Addiction To Foreign Medical Supply Chains
The US government will study ways to reduce American manufacturers’ dependence on a foreign supply chains for devices and drugs under a bill introduced on 12 March by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Dick Durbin.
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