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Hydroxyethyl Starch in Sodium Chloride Injection

Products Affected - Description

    • 6% hetastarch in 0.9% sodium chloride intravenous injection, Pfizer, 6 gram/100 mL, 500 mL flexible container, 12 count, NDC 00409-7248-03

Reason for the Shortage

    • BBraun discontinued Hespan in 2022.
    • Pfizer has hetastarch in sodium chloride on shortage due to increased demand. Hextend (hetastarch in lactated electrolytes) is not affected by this shortage.
    • Pfizer is the sole supplier.

Available Products

    • There are no presentations available

Estimated Resupply Dates

    • Pfizer has 6% hetastarch in 0.9% sodium chloride 500 mL bags on back order and the company estimates a release date of August 2023.


Updated May 3, 2023 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Created April 19, 2023 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. © 2023, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.



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