March 26, 2021

Counterfeit PPE, consumers beware

Medical News, March 19, 2021

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Nearly one year into the pandemic, healthcare providers and anxious Americans have another threat with which to contend: counterfeit personal protective equipment (PPE). CNN recently reported U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized over 14 million counterfeit face masks entering the U.S. from the time the pandemic began through the end of 2020.

In early February of 2021, New York City authorities raided a Long Island City warehouse containing more than 1.7 million counterfeit N95 masks. Healthcare providers and their supply chain managers, fighting daily to provide for the health and safety of their front-line workers, must remain vigilant to ensure the efficacy of the PPE provided to employees and visitors at their facilities

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