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Just-in-Time Inventories Make U.S. Vulnerable in a Pandemic

January 12, 2006
by Bernard Wysocki Jr. and Sarah Lueck
Wall Street Journal

Like many big hospitals, the University of Utah Hospital carries a 30-day supply of drugs, in part because it would be too costly or wasteful to stockpile more... ...A report issued last month by the Trust for America's Health, a public-health advocacy group in Washington, concluded that 40 percent of the states lack enough backup medical supplies to cope with a pandemic flu or other major disease outbreak.

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