Tornado destroys Pfizer factory: images

A hurricane in North Carolina, USA, severely damaged a Pfizer facility. The extreme weather event flattened some buildings and caused the highway to be closed. The images from above give an idea of ​​the massive damage at the Rocky Mount site: The crumpled roof and scattered rubble are clearly visible. According to the company statement, no injuries were reported at the factory.

Many vehicles in the parking lot became unusable. The hurricane injured 13 people, none seriously, in the county along its 20-mile path. Three people were injured in nearby Edgecombe County, two of them life-threatening. Winds reached 200 km per hour.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone explained that the Pfizer facility is storing large quantities of medication: “I have received reports of 50,000 pallets of medication scattered around the facility and damaged by rain and wind.” The Rocky Mount facility is one of the largest sterile injectable facilities in the world, producing approximately 25% of all sterile injectables used in US hospitals. Different types of drugs are produced there: anesthetics, analgesics, anti-infectives, neuromuscular blockers and many other drugs.

Supply chain experts are concerned that damage to the factory could exacerbate the long-standing drug shortages in the United States, according to the updated University of Utah Drug Information Service database.

Source: Today IT