DoD watchdog criticizes oversight of military’s pharmaceutical supply chain

Amid mounting concerns over the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain, a Department of Defense watchdog found an overreliance on foreign suppliers that could harm national security and that the Pentagon failed to assess the risks of shortages or develop strategies to mitigate disruptions.

Among the shortcomings, the Defense Department did not aggregate and analyze the origins of finished medicines or active ingredients to determine the reliance on foreign suppliers or identify gaps in information about where the products are made, according to the Office of Inspector General at DOD. The OIG report also noted the military is not required to run such analyses.

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