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U.S. Senate Candidate Corky Messner Supports Move to Safeguard U.S. Medical Supply Chain in Light of Coronavirus Spread

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2020

U.S. Senate Candidate Corky Messner Supports Move to Safeguard U.S. Medical Supply Chain in Light of Coronavirus Spread

Contact: Michael Biundo at michael@rightvoter.com

BEDFORD, NH – U.S. Senate Candidate Bryant “Corky” Messner today applauded Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley’s proposed legislation to safeguard America’s medical supply chain, which increasingly relies on medical drugs and devices made in China and other countries.

Hawley’s proposal, The Medical Supply Chain Security Act, is in response to reports of potential American drug shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. It would grant new authority to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to request information from manufacturers of essential drugs or devices regarding manufacturing capacity, sourcing of active pharmaceutical ingredients, the use of any scarce raw materials, and any other details the FDA deems relevant to assess the security of the nation’s medical supply chain.

The U.S. increasingly relies on the overseas manufacture of pharmaceutical ingredients, used to make antibiotics, generics, and branded drugs. The number of these facilities in China has more than doubled since 2010.

“I agree with those who say the over-reliance on foreign-sourced drugs and related materials makes our country vulnerable to potential public health threats when those supplies are threatened, as is the case with the coronavirus,” says Messner. “The legislation being proposed by Senator Hawley is critical, and will help efforts to keep our medical supply chain safe and provide Granite Staters and all Americans access to needed medicines and medical devices.”

Messner also praised President Trump’s announcement this week that the government will commit the resources needed to combat the coronavirus here in the United States.

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About Bryant “Corky” Messner
Raised in a blue-collar family in Altoona, PA, Bryant “Corky” Messner attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played football and prepared for military service. Upon earning the Army Ranger tab and graduating in 1979, he served in West Germany, witnessing firsthand the specter of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Following his military service, he attended University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP, which today includes more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities.

Messner is a strong conservative, and remains passionate about giving back to the country that has offered him the opportunity to live the American Dream. His continued public service includes involvement with various non-profit organizations, including the Wentworth Watershed Association, the Army West Point Athletic Association, the Rise School Denver, and the Messner Foundation, which works to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders.

A father of three, Messner’s two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school. He resides in Wolfeboro, NH.

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