COVID-19: Clearing Up Confusion Regarding Emergency Use Authorization for N95 Respirators and Face Masks

By Marilyn Gatin, Min Yao, Dorothy Henckel and Brian Romola

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, physicians, nurses, and other caregivers nationwide are facing a shortage of N95 respirators, masks, and other personal protection equipment (PPE), putting the safety of patients and clinicians at risk.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sprinting a marathon when it comes to releasing guidance documents and issuing Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA).

On April 6, 2020, the FDA held a Webinar titled, “Enforcement Policy for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) During COVID-19: Immediately in Effect Guidances.” 

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