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Our national shortage of IV saline has become critical

March 11, 2014

Tags: IV saline shortage, national drug shortage, FDA Critical Drug Shortage, drug rationing, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists

By Dr. Kate Scannell, Syndicated columnist
First published in print: 03/09/2014

Bags of IV saline may appear ubiquitous as props on TV medical dramas, but they're currently in short supply on the nation's hospital pharmacy shelves. In fact, more than 75 percent of U.S. hospitals and other health care settings were experiencing critical shortages of intravenous saline solutions, according to a February survey of pharmacy directors by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

It's unsettling and hard to fathom that such an essential staple of medical and emergency health care could become so scarce. (more…)

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