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Medical Device Supply Chains: An Overview and Description of Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Peggy G. Chen, Edward W. Chan, Nabeel Qureshi, Shoshana Shelton, and Andrew W. Mulcahy

This report provides an introduction to the supply chain for COVID-19 relevant medical devices and related challenges faced in ramping up their production during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors first present an overview of medical device supply chains in general and then describe how supply chains for specific COVID-19 relevant devices (ventilators, PPE, and COVID-19 diagnostic testing equipment and supplies) differ from that general approach. These devices and the experiences of some device makers are used to conceptualize larger lessons and identify areas of potential future research related to supply chains of medical devices.

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