Counterfeit Masks Leaking Into Supply Chain
Published in: CNN Business
A North Carolina-based company that helps procure PPE for 4,000 hospitals and 175,000 non-acute providers like surgical centers — recently received a from a company claiming to have 500 million masks. 3M responded that it was impossible for the masks to be available immediately.
Companies are receiving hundreds of calls soliciting companies weekly.
Even as 3M and other makers ramp up production, Powell said immediate shortages have created opportunity for “questionable” mask products to seep into the supply chain.
“We have already seen masks enter the supply chain that fail to meet basic testing parameters,” he said. He said Premier was aware of counterfeit N95 masks that showed the 3M logo incorrectly positioned on the packaging, for example.
“We have no interest in creating fear and doubt in the market, but we are focused on protecting the integrity of the supplies that our nation’s dedicated caregivers and patients depend on,” said Powell.