IV shortage in U.S. due to hurricane and flu cases

IV shortage in U.S. due to hurricane and flu cases

There is now a new push for state lawmakers to help them.

Puerto Rico could happen here and elsewhere with our aging electric grid and infrastructure, unless we dial back greenhouse gas emissions.

"We'll pay for your hotel in CT, and we'll work on your case", Hartford City Council member, Wildaliz Bermudez, said.

The worst shortage is for small saline bags.

Denver based Xcel Energy is sending crews to Puerto Rico to help with the ongoing power restoration efforts.

Deliveries of those have been most unpredictable, said David Chen, a pharmacy director with Promedica, which operates 13 hospitals in OH and MI. Other are having them trickle in.

"I find it gratifying when you go down there and you see these people, they greet you, and they're really, really happy to see you", construction and design manager Mick Murphy said.

The FDA has been trying to boost supplies, giving two additional companies approval to start selling saline bags, likely within a couple months.

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To help support the USA market facing short supply of products, Baxter worked with the FDA to import certain products, including small-volume parenterals, from Baxter facilities in Ireland, Australia, Canada, Mexico, England and Italy.

"This is a serious situation and right now we are at the limits of our conservation and adaptation strategy", said Dr. Paul Biddinger, director of the Center for Disaster Medicine and vice chairman for emergency preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Nutrient solution bags, also running low, are needed for far fewer patients than saline, but there are few substitutes, said Connie Sullivan, head of research and innovation at the National Home Infusion Association.

"Normally everything is lined up, people know where we are working, they know what we're already going to get into".

Saline solution bags used in hospitals.

"Restoring reliable product supply for our patients and customers remains our priority, and we are making progress on the road to a full recovery of our operations", the company said in a statement sent to The Vindicator on Wednesday.

"We should learn something about patient care from this", he said.

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