CHA News Article

FDA Commissioner Updates Providers on Saline Shortages

Earlier this week, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, provided an update on the intravenous saline shortage, stressing the administration’s continued vigilance related to manufacturer production activity. While noting that the flu season is expected to peak soon, Commissioner Gottlieb stated that the agency remains committed to addressing ongoing challenges and is optimistic that saline supplies will continue to improve over the coming weeks.

However, because rising demand for these products may continue to strain availability even as production and supply grow, the agency will work to find innovative ways of connecting partners across the supply chain. Recent hurricanes and this year’s flu season have underscored the importance of preparedness and connectivity across the agency, as well as with the industries it regulates, distributors and health care providers.