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    Medivant Healthcare’s New Production Facility Aims to Resolve Shortages in Hospitals

    Published on March 21, 2020

    Chandler, AZ : It’s a crisis most people and patients never know about and coronavirus (COVID 19) is likely to make it even worse. There is a shortage of many of the most common generic drugs in our nation’s hospitals and urgent care centers. The numbers are scary and surprising.

    • 160+ drugs are on the FDA’s drug short supply list; many for more than 5 years.
    • More than 80% of hospital drug shortages are injectable generic drugs that cost less than $10.
    • 80% of hospitals increased spending due to drug shortages.

    People with heart disease have been shown to be in a higher risk group for developing a serious illness related to coronavirus. As more of these heart patients need medical support, the need for generic drugs that are already in shortage will be unimaginable.

    To help the healthcare system to handle drug shortages, Medivant Healthcare, a boutique Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP), is prioritizing the production of cardiac patient-focused generic drugs, which include Labetalol, Metoprolol, Diltiazem, and Calcium Chloride.

    Medivant Healthcare will have the capacity to produce 40,000 vials of product per shift in the Phase One build-out of its 33,000 sq. foot lab and manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona. Medivant Healthcare is unique in that its sole purpose is to fill this generic drug shortage void using a fully automated facility, up to 24 hours a day if needed, with minimal human intervention.

    “Take the simple example of the local anesthetic, lidocaine, which has been used consistently by hospitals for nearly 50 years,” said Viraj Gandhi, the principal shareholder at Medivant Healthcare. “There are huge shortages of generic medicines like lidocaine because there is not enough capacity to meet the demand for the widespread applications of these drugs in hospitals and other healthcare centers.

    All the drugs Medivant Healthcare intends to manufacture were on FDA’s shortage list even before the present health emergency. Recent news reports estimate that COVID 19 may generate close to five million new hospitalizations over the course of this year, which may stretch an already stretched supply chain. The problems of shortages are expected to increase if the above were to happen. To become a part of the solution, Medivant Healthcare is gearing to go live by mid-April and has also amended its product list so that it manufactures products that they anticipate to be in demand during crisis time.

    Medivant Healthcare’s new facility is a full-scale CGMP plant which will begin creating single dose liquid vials between 1 ml & 10 ml for use in hospitals. Medivant Healthcare plans on producing more than 20 generic molecules which will be available for purchase by hospitals, surgical centers, emergency centers, and some doctors’ offices. Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), which sell products in bulk to hospitals nationwide, have already begun discussions with Medivant Healthcare and are expressing excitement that the company will help fill a major need in the market.