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BRIEF-FDA Commissioner comments on medical device manufacturing recovery in Puerto Rico

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Oct 20 (Reuters) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb:

* Statement by U.S. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on medical device manufacturing recovery in Puerto Rico

* FDA's Gottlieb says FDA been monitoring more than 40 drug products and working closely with pharmaceutical and medical device companies in Puerto Rico

* FDA's Gottlieb says the FDA is working with device companies and their suppliers to restore production in Puerto Rico as quickly as possible

* FDA's Gottlieb says manufacturing on the Puerto Rico island "remains fragile and the potential for device shortages persists"

* FDA's Gottlieb - FDA is taking other steps to mitigate potential for device shortages, including allowing manufactuers to shift production to alternative sites

* FDA's Gottlieb says it will likely be months before power is fully restored, medical product manufacturing returns to pre-hurricane levels in Puerto Rico Source text: (http://bit.ly/2gwV7B4)