Syracuse-area hospitals say they’re facing a shortage of a crucial sterilization product that could delay surgeries. There appears to be a major disruption in the supply chain of a biologic known as Sterrad biologic indicator made by Advanced Sterilization Products, which is used to sterilize surgical equipment and tools. The hospitals alerted Senator Chuck Schumer of the problem.
Schumer stopped by SUNY Upstate Medical University Monday to call attention to the matter and demand more accountability from the manufacturer and the FDA.
Hundreds of new fire hydrants waiting to be installed by Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse might have to be scrapped next month, unless the EPA exempts them from an unexpected new lead standard. Senator Chuck Schumer stopped by the Onondaga County Water Authority today to demand an exemption for the $400,000 worth of fire hydrants:
Senator Charles Schumer was in Central New York to announce that he’s going to put pressure on federal drug officials to fight prescription drug abuse by making it easier to get medications out of reach. He says federal regulations are hurting efforts to curb skyrocketing incidents of prescription drug abuse.
Sen. Chuck Schumer holds a news conference in Armory Square with the railroad in the background that carries hundreds of tankers every day. Also with him are Onondaga County Dept. of Emergency Management Commissioner Kevin Wisely and Mayor Stephanie Miner.