AHA urges government to resolve drug shortages — 3 insights

The American Hospital Association urgently petitioned the FDA to take "any and all steps possible" to resolve potential drug shortages.

Here's what you should know:

1. AHA is concerned about the shortage of widely used supplies including 50 and 100 mL injection bags of sodium chloride 0.9 percent, dextrose 5 percent and intravenous nutritional products, said AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels.

2. After hurricanes ravaged Puerto Rico, several supply and device manufacturers there have been unable to resume production at full capacity, creating shortages. The U.S. receives a large quantity of its medical supplies from Puerto Rico.

3. Mr. Nickels and the AHA petitioned the FDA to "seek out new suppliers in order to ameliorate the current shortage, as well as prevent such shortages from occurring in the future."

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