The Wild West of PPE Supply Chain During COVID-19

The Wild West of PPE Supply Chain During COVID-19

With all that is happening in the world right now, one of our biggest priorities is to help our communities & local businesses navigate this complex landscape as easily as possible. Currently with PPE (personal protective equipment) in such high demand in the midst of a global pandemic, there is a lot of misinformation and fraud circulating, including price-hikes, counterfeits, unfair pricing terms, and tons of unfulfilled cases for PPE purchases.

Here, we will compile articles and resources from trusted sources about the state of obtaining PPE and what you should look out for.

PPE is Becoming the 'Wild West' in San Mateo County

Original Article

  • A depleted personal protective equipment supply chain has left dentistry personnel scrambling to prepare for an increase of patients after the California Department of Public Health gave physicians the yellow light to begin less urgent procedures.
  • “A lot of dentists early on donated our masks and PPE to front-line workers resulting in us now in desperate need for PPE. ...We are essential workers too and now we’re in need,” said Dr. Carliza Marcos, a San Carlos based dentist practicing alongside her brother Anthony Marcos.
  • Wiggett said the supply chain has been hit hard with an abundance of counterfeit products claiming to be legit.
  • Some of these items have been falsely labeled with “FDA Approved” markings despite the Food and Drug Administration not approving logos on products.
  • “A gray market in products has hit the dental industry. We were hit with 450 leads on getting PPE most of which are fakes. We’re looking for authentic products but we’re operating on a national level,” said Wiggett. “Demand went up instantly when the pandemic came and cases went up. There was no supply system in the world who could have predicted this and the system is playing catch up.”
  • Despite a growing need for PPE, the FDA revoked U.S. authorization from nearly 60 Chinese manufacturers of N95 masks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered samples failed to meet particulate filtration efficiency of 95%. While these products can still be marketed as face coverings, they fail to meet standards necessary to be marketed as respirators.
China's Medical-Goods Market is 'Wild West' Amid Surging Coronavirus Demand

Original Article

  • Supply chain is in chaos as foreign governments, hospitals and businesses compete for the same gear
  • China’s supply chain for medical goods is devolving into a free-for-all as foreign governments, hospitals and businesses—and all their middlemen—descend on the country to secure ventilators and masks and other protective gear.
  • Inundated with prospective buyers, Chinese factories are taking advantage of their plum position, dictating buying conditions and demanding advance payments in full, while buyers must quickly vet newly-minted vendors—sometimes by video from the other side of the world.
Unfulfilled PPE Contracts Leave States Scrambling for Supplies Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Original Article

  • From coast to coast, state officials have reported contracts for personal protective equipment (PPE) and health care devices that have fallen through just when they were needed most, in some cases sparking a criminal investigation. When supplies do arrive, they can be subpar -- with some foreign-made masks lacking proper fastening mechanisms and others able to filter out as little as 10% of particles in the air, according to recent CDC data.
Additional Sources

The Links in the PPE Supply Chain "Have Been Broken" as Hopsitals Battle Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Buying PPE Online For Care Sector "Like the Wild West"

Homeland Security Warns of Another Risk in Coronavirus Pandemic: Rampant Fraud