FDA expects IV fluid shortage to improve in coming weeks, months
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Jan. 16 it expects a shortage of intravenous saline fluids for hospitals due to damage to key manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico to improve over the coming weeks and months. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the FDA has approved IV saline products from more companies, which is expected to boost U.S. supply. He said the tight supply of saline products had been exacerbated by increased demand as a result of a worse-than-normal flu season.
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