Outrage of the Month: Fake IV Fluids Not Intended for Human Use Sicken at Least 17 Patients Across the U.S.

February 4, 2015 4:25 PM

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On Dec. 30, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert to health care professionals warning them not to use simulated intravenous (IV) products in humans. The agency did so after learning that some of one manufacturer's simulated plastic bags, labeled as 0.9 percent sodium chloride IV solution, had been distributed to health care facilities and used in patients. Real sodium chloride IV solutions are used daily in nearly all health care facilities in the U.S. and have been in short supply over the past year.

San Diego-based Wallcur makes a variety of simulated IV products that are intended only for use in training and educating nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and other health care professionals. These products are not intended for the treatment of patients, as they are neither sterile nor assessed for p...

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