Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp. has donated 50 liters of hand sanitizer manufactured in-house at the West Columbia company to the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Nephron CEO Lou Kennedy announced last week that the manufacturer of sterile respiratory medication would begin making its own hand sanitizer in response to concerns related to the new coronavirus. She said that after Nephron employees and their families had received supplies, the company would look at donating hand sanitizer to local charitable organizations.
Nephron made the donation to the VA hospital on Friday.
“Our veterans and their families have sacrificed for us, and we could not be more excited to lend them a hand during this difficult time,” Kennedy said in a news release from Nephron. “Americans are being challenged. We are coming together. I hope to see this spirit of community endures long after COVID-19 passes.”
Nephron develops and produces generic inhalation solutions and suspension products that can be used to treat symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, the company operates a 503B outsourcing facility division which produces pre-filled sterile syringes and IV bags for hospitals across the country.
“Nephron employees are on the front lines of the response to COVID-19,” Kennedy said. “They are standing shoulder to shoulder with health care professionals, and we are going to keep working around the clock to deliver life-saving respiratory medications to patients.”