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With Saline in Short Supply, Hospitals Look for Alternatives
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As director of pharmacy and materials management at Union Hospital of Cecil County in Elkton, MD, David Jaspan, RPh, MBA, is used to dealing with shortages of pharmaceutical products. He’s not, however, used to supply problems affecting one of the most basic hospital staples—intravenous saline solution. “It’s not just saline solution, it’s all IV solutions in general,” says Jaspan. Since saline is a key ingredient to administering drugs to hospital patients, this is an especially tough shortage to face.

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