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    Production of Sodium Chloride IV Bags continues to struggle

    Production of Sodium Chloride IV Bags continues to struggle

    As a responsible medical supplier, we believe in transparency so we can keep our customers and potential customers at the forefront of issues that may affect your day to day operations.

    Baxter Healthcare, one of the top three Intravenous (IV) manufacturers in the United States, continues to struggle to produce IV bags of Sodium Chloride solution as they have just recalled nearly 140,000 bags. The FDA issued another Inspectional Observation Form 483, citing mold on the inside of the overpouch and the failure of quality controls to catch this issue. This is currently Baxter's ninth recall in less than two years.

    This news comes during an ongoing shortage of IV sodium chloride bags as two of the top three manufacturers have been unable to continuously supply product into the market to meet demand. The 1,000mL bags are most affected by the shortage. However, this will likely have a negative impact to all general purpose (D5W, NaCl and Sterile Water) 500mL bags as hospitals move to substitute the 1,000mL.

    The FDA has recently stepped in to assist in the shortage by approving production by FDA-approved foreign manufacturers to relieve hospitals and clinics affected by the shortage. However, it is our view that this does not seem to help relieve the shortage of IV solutions for wholesalers and independent physicians.

    McGuff does not see the IV solution shortage becoming worse, but it appears the shortage will continue longer than expected.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak worldwide, the global demand for some Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is exceeding current supply availability.

    In addition, the manufacturing of the PPE and many other wound care/infection prevention products have been impacted by the global response to the Coronavirus. While you may see product availability reduction in the near-term, please be assured that we at McGuff Medical are continuing to work diligently to ensure an uninterrupted supply of products and alternative products to you.

    Additionally, in order to ensure healthcare providers have access to the PPEs they need, the McGuff Company is temporarily limiting PPEs to healthcare providers.

    As always, please feel free to reach out to our McGuff Customer Service team with any questions that you may have.

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