IV Solution Shortage Information

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Emergency Preparedness and Response Section continues to monitor the ongoing IV solution and IV bag shortage in the state.

There has been a limited supply of IV fluid in the US since 2014 due to decreased production and increased demand. Hurricane Maria had a major impact on drug manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico that further aggravated this shortage. As of this time, all IV solutions are on allocation, including IV bags.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with manufacturers to increase production and to allow importation of IV solutions from manufacturing facilities outside of the country. The FDA has also recently approved two new manufactures to start production and is expediting the application approval process.

The NDDoH continues to work with local medical facilities to help address shortages within the state. There is a limited supply of IV fluids in the medical cache and we are distributing items to facilities that require assistance. We will continue to attempt to obtain more inventory and are looking at alternatives to address this shortage. Medical facilities are encouraged to take conservation measures to help extend existing inventory.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 701-328-2270.

If you are in need of product or require other assistance, please contact State Radio at 1-800-472-2121 and ask for the case manager.


Useful Links:

FDA IV shortage due to Hurricane

FDA’s drug shortages webpage on saline

Small-Volume Parenteral Solutions Shortages, Suggestions for Management and Conservation

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