Combating America’s supply chain risk and dependence on China for pharmaceuticals

API Dependence

In 2019, I offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act directing the Department of Defense (DoD) to analyze the extent to which the DoD is dependent on China for APIs. However, DoD is currently unable to conduct this study because they do not know the volume of APIs sourced from China.

Buy American Act Preferences

On February 10, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims sided with Acetris, a generic pharmaceutical company, and upended the way the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) implements the Buy American Act. The court determined that, since Acetris sourced the API and other components from other countries but manufactured the final product in the United States, the country of origin would be the United States and would not be based on where the API is from.

Combating U.S. Dependence on China

As Secretary Azar confirmed to me, the coronavirus outbreak has revealed a serious vulnerability in the American supply chain. My legislation will include the following reforms to address this:

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