With the spread of the coronavirus originating in China, some drugs may become in short supply. China manufactures and sells many of the ingredients used in certain drugs, along with India, and it is seeing challenges in getting these medications to pharmaceutical companies.

COVID-19 has caused several difficulties for Chinese drug manufacturers such as logistics and labor shortages caused by required quarantines, which are causing delays in production and shipments, Reuters reported.

China reportedly supplies 13% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients in the U.S. These ingredients are primarily used in generic drugs, which make up the majority of American prescriptions, including antibiotics, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, penicillin, and heparin.

But with these concerns, come a list from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that keeps track of drug shortages. The FDA added one drug to its drug shortage list last month, but now India has restricted the export of 26 drug ingredients and the medicines made from them that could result in a significant shortage in the near term, according to the news outlet.

As of Wednesday, the drugs on the FDA’s shortage list included:

  • Alogliptin Tablets
  • Aminophylline Injection, USP
  • Amoxapine Tablets
  • Amphetamine Aspartate; Amphetamine Sulfate; Dextroamphetamine Saccharate; Dextroamphetamine Sulfate Tablets
  • Anagrelide Hydrochloride Capsules
  • Asparaginase Erwinia Chrysanthemi (Erwinaze)
  • Atropine Sulfate Injection
  • Atropine Sulfate Ophthalmic Ointment
  • AVYCAZ® (ceftazidime and avibactam) for Injection, 2 grams/0.5 grams
  • Bacitracin Ophthalmic Ointment
  • Belatacept (Nulojix) Lyophilized Powder for Injection
  • Bumetanide Injection, USP
  • Bupivacaine Hydrochloride and Epinephrine Injection, USP
  • Bupivacaine Hydrochloride Injection, USP
  • Calcitriol Injection USP 1MCG /ML
  • Calcium Chloride Injection, USP
  • Capreomycin Injection, USP
  • Carisoprodol Tablets, USP
  • Cefazolin Injection
  • Cefepime Injection
  • Cefotaxime Sodium Injection
  • Cefotetan Disodium Injection
  • Cefoxitin for Injection, USP
  • Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Injection
  • Dextrose 25% Injection
  • Dextrose 50% Injection
  • Dicyclomine Oral Tablets/Capsules
  • Diltiazem Hydrochloride
  • Diphenhydramine Injection
  • Disulfiram Tablets
  • Dobutamine Hydrochloride Injection
  • Dopamine Hydrochloride Injection
  • Dorzolamide Hydrochloride and Timolol Maleate (Cosopt) Ophthalmic Solution
  • Dorzolamide Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution
  • Echothiophate Iodide (Phospholine Iodide) Ophthalmic Solution
  • Enalaprilat Injection, USP
  • Epinephrine Injection, 0.1 mg/mL
  • Epinephrine Injection, Auto-Injector
  • Eprosartan Mesylate Tablets
  • Erythromycin Lactobionate for Injection, USP
  • Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment
  • Fentanyl Citrate (Sublimaze) Injection
  • Fluorescein Injection
  • Fluorescein Strips
  • Flurazepam Hydrochloride Capsules
  • Fluvoxamine ER Capsules
  • Gemifloxacin Mesylate (Factive) Tablets
  • Guanfacine Hydrochloride Tablets
  • Heparin Sodium and Sodium Chloride 0.9% Injection
  • Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection, USP
  • Hydroxyzine Pamoate Oral Capsules
  • Imipenem and Cilastatin for Injection, USP
  • Ketamine Injection
  • Ketoprofen Capsules
  • Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection
  • Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection
  • Latanoprost Ophthalmic Solution 0.005%
  • Letermovir (Prevymis) Injection
  • Leucovorin Calcium Lyophilized Powder for Injection
  • Levetiracetam Extended-Release Oral Tablets, USP
  • Levetiracetam Immediate-Release Oral Tablets, USP
  • Lidocaine Hydrochloride (Xylocaine) and Dextrose Injection Solution-Premix Bags
  • Lidocaine Hydrochloride (Xylocaine) Injection
  • Lidocaine Hydrochloride (Xylocaine) Injection with Epinephrine
  • Lorazepam Injection, USP
  • Loxapine Capsules
  • Methadone Hydrochloride Injection
  • Methyldopa Tablets
  • Methylphenidate Hydrochloride (QUILLIVANT XR) for Extended-Release Oral Suspension
  • Metoprolol Tartrate Injection, USP
  • Metronidazole Injection, USP
  • Morphine Sulfate Injection, USP
  • Multi-Vitamin Infusion (Adult and Pediatric)
  • Nalbuphine Hydrochloride Injection
  • Nystatin Oral Suspension
  • Ondansetron Hydrochloride Injection
  • Oxytocin Injection, USP Synthetic
  • Pantoprazole Sodium for Injection
  • Parathyroid Hormone (Natpara) Injection
  • Physostigmine Salicylate Injection, USP
  • Pindolol Tablets
  • Potassium Acetate Injection, USP
  • Procainamide Hydrochloride Injection, USP
  • Promethazine (Phenergan) Injection
  • Ranitidine Injection, USP
  • Ranitidine Tablets/Capsules
  • Ropivacaine Hydrochloride Injection
  • Sclerosol Intrapleural Aerosol
  • Sincalide (Kinevac) Lyophilized Powder for Injection
  • Sodium Acetate Injection, USP
  • Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP
  • Sodium Chloride 23.4% Injection
  • Sodium Chloride Injection USP, 0.9% Vials and Syringes
  • Tacrolimus Capsules
  • Technetium Tc99m Succimer Injection (DMSA)
  • Thiothixene Capsules
  • Timolol Maleate Tablets
  • Triamcinolone Acetonide (Triesence) Injection, Suspension
  • Trifluridine Ophthalmic Solution

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