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Saline Compounding a Poor Option for Hospitals
HealthLeaders Media

Hospitals are learning how to stretch their limited supplies of IV fluids and are unlikely to resort to compounding saline for routine use, pharmacists say.

Three times in the past year, the Food and Drug Administration responded to the ongoing shortage by allowing three top US suppliers—BBraun, Fresenius Kabi USA and Baxter—to distribute supplies from European plants. While there is some hope that the shortage may clear up in 2015, the once plentiful and much-in-demand product remains in short supply.