Portman Helps Facilitate Donation of Personal Protective Equipment to Strategic National Stockpile

April 1, 2020 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that working with the White House and HHS and FDA he helped facilitate the donation of approximately 2.2 million new gowns from Ohio-based Cardinal Health to the Strategic National Stockpile. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has authorized the distribution and use of these gowns as non-surgical isolation apparel. Portman connected Cardinal Health to the appropriate contacts at the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, and the White House for the necessary approvals for the gowns to be donated. The administration has approved their donation and the gowns are now being deployed to coronavirus hotspots across the country.

“Health care professionals across the country are in desperate need for personal protective equipment which is why I was happy to help Cardinal Health connect with the appropriate contacts in the administration as it sought approval to donate approximately 2.2 million new gowns to the Strategic National Stockpile,” said Portman. “Now that they have received federal approval, these gowns will be used as non-surgical isolation apparel to help protect our hard-working health care professionals as they work on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. I will continue to do anything I can to ensure our health care professionals have everything they need to do their important work.

"I commend President Trump and his team, including assistant to the president Peter Navarro and assistant secretary of HHS, Admiral Brett Giroir, for their assistance and I commend Cardinal Health for their donation."