Saline Solution Shortages--And Shortcuts--Cause Severe Sickness

January 15, 2015 3:12 PM

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The nation with the world’s highest per capita health costs has been experiencing all manner of drug shortages for years. Most recently, hospitals have even been fighting to get enough sterile saline, known in the business as Sodium Chloride 0.9% Injection (IV normal saline).

Yes, that’s the simple salt solution that’s used to start IVs and sometimes to dilute other drugs.

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