ASHP has received the following information from the FDA about the national shortage of sodium chloride 0.9% large volume intravenous solution:
We encourage clinicians to take note of the conservation strategies described in the ASHP Drug Shortages Bulletin, as well as the recommended therapeutic alternatives and safety considerations.
NOTE: 0.9% NaCl for Irrigation is not approved for injection because it may have higher levels of particulates.
The bulletin is posted on the ASHP Drug Shortages Resource Center at http://www.ashp.org/DrugShortages/Current/Bulletin.aspx?id=993
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