Washington Post

Trump order requires government to 'buy American' for certain essential drugs

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring that certain "essential" drugs and medical supplies purchased by the federal government be manufactured domestically, a move the administration said is aimed at plugging gaps in the medical supply chain that have been revealed during the coronavirus crisis.

The White House "buy American" plan, which has drawn objections from the drug industry and many economists, has been in the works for months. Trump in a speech at a Whirlpool factory in Clyde, Ohio, said it would bolster the security of the U.S. health system and bring supplies of drugs "home, where they belong."..

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