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N.J. biotech group calls for donations of drugs, equipment to fight COVID-19

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BioNJ, the New Jersey state biotech trade association, is soliciting donations from its members for the state’s COVID-19 relief effort.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s office said the state “is still in desperate need of ventilators and PPE,” in particular masks and gowns in particular, as well as certain drugs to treat COVID-19, the trade group said in a message to members.

BioNJ is asking members to donate neuromuscular blockers, vasopressors and sedatives and analgesics for use in mechanical ventilation. Specific drugs needed include cisatracurium, propofol, Versed midazolam, fentanyl and norepinephrine.

New Jersey is “in critical need [of] corporate jets or other planes to assist in securing supplies globally,” BioNJ said.

It asked companies and individuals who can provide assistance to email, and provided a link to the New Jersey COVID-19 supplier registry for potential suppliers of critical PPE, medical devices and other high-demand raw materials.

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