To our customers
team at Medical Care Products is committed to providing a safe
environment for our employees while ensuring our customer supply
needs are taken care of without interruption. Please see the below
notice from the United Ostomy Association and the major product
manufacturers regarding our ostomy and urological community concerns.
The coronavirus is spreading around the world and some in the ostomy community are concerned if it will affect their access to ostomy supplies. UOAA reached out to the major ostomy manufacturers to see if the outbreak is currently impacting their production or supply chain. As of March 4, 2020 none of the manufacturers are currently reporting any issues in their operations as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Also of note is that we are not aware of any ostomy products that are made in the Wuhan area of China where current quarantines are in place.
As with any natural disaster personal preparation is key and there are many for any unexpected impact in your life or community. For those who become ill or have a compromised immune system, always contact your physician with any concerns. If you are on Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) and become ill it . For and facts about this virus follow updates from the on the latest COVID-19 guidelines.
Here are the statements from ostomy manufactures regarding the coronavirus and their supply production as of March 4, 2020. If the situation changes these statements will be updated.
response to the global health emergency concerning the spread of the
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Hollister Incorporated has taken
steps to protect our Associates, and seeks to ensure that our
customers experience no disruption to the supply of their products.
Hollister is diligently cooperating with our suppliers across the
globe to identify any potential impacts the coronavirus (COVID-19)
may have on our suppliers as well as our own operations.
As the Coronavirus continues to spread, Coloplast is actively monitoring the situation and taking necessary precautions to keep our employees, customers and partners safe.
Our priorities are clear.
First, we will comply with and support whatever guidelines are put in place by local and global healthcare authorities. We will monitor this on an ongoing basis both locally and at our global headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, and we have implemented many initiatives to prevent and contain the spread of the virus.
Second, we will continue to serve you through this difficult period. We continue to engage with our customers, and safely manufacture and distribute our products.
Currently, the Coronavirus is not impacting our ability to supply our medical devices, so we encourage you to continue to order regular supply quantities and to avoid hoarding. To read more about the initiatives that we have put in place locally and globally, and for updates, please visit our website:
We are doing our utmost to protect our employees while also continuing to serve you. Our local phone lines remain open, however, we ask for your patience and understanding if things take a little longer than normal.
Thank you, Coloplast
Ostomy Care Global Impact
It is our recommendation that ostomates keep at least 1 box of spare pouches at all times. (This recommendation is independent of the COVID-19 outbreak). We do not recommend stockpiling supplies as this will stress the supply chain and likely cause delays and disruptions to your regular orders. Nu-Hope offers ½ boxes for sale through certain dealers.
Safe n Simple would like to assure all of the ostomy community that we are well stocked on supplies and do not foresee any issues or concerns with being able to provide products needed during the Coronavirus outbreak.