Baxter expects temporary shortage of small saline IV bags

Baxter International anticipates a temporary shortage of small saline IV bags in the U.S. due to manufacturing issues in hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico, reports USA Today.

Hurricane Maria shut down operations at Baxter's three manufacturing sites on the island for several days. The company is using backup generators to gradually restore operations.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday said it is helping Baxter ship products and access fuel and manufacturing supplies to limit shortages. The agency is also temporarily allowing Baxter to import small saline IV bags from manufacturing sites in Ireland and Australia.

Baxter first warned hospitals of potential shipment delays and shortages for several IV products on Sept. 22.

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