As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, manufacturers are stepping up to help those impacted as best they can. South Carolina–based Nephron Pharmaceuticals, with a facility in West Columbia, S.C., is providing assistance to the community in a unique way.
Natural disasters can cause emergency drug shortages that can further impound the crisis. With that in mind, Nephron’s South Carolina facility is planning to remain open during the hurricane to guarantee a continuous supply of medications and other drugs in case of an emergency shortage:
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation is currently producing medications at its West Columbia, S.C., facility while monitoring the effects of Hurricane Florence.
The hurricane is projected to reach South Carolina late Thursday evening; however, Nephron will remain open for business in order to continuously produce drug shortage medications. Products including Saline, Sodium Bicarbonate and controlled substances are readily available to be ordered…
The state-of-the-art facility was built to withstand natural disasters such as hurricanes. The 408,000-square-foot building is equipped with backup generators ready to take over within seconds if power is lost. Additionally, Nephron is conveniently located next to South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, allowing for immediate assistance if necessary.
“We saw firsthand the emergency hurricanes can cause on the drug shortage crisis after hurricane season in 2017,” said Lou Kennedy, Nephron CEO. “We want people to know that we are continuing to work, to ensure we provide hospitals with the products they desperately need.”
Nephron Pharmaceuticals employs more than 600 manufacturing workers in South Carolina. The West Columbia facility ships more than 1 billion doses of medication per year, and the roof of the half-a-million-square-foot facility covers 4.5 football fields.
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