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Shortage of critical hospital supplies on the mend as Puerto Rico plants resume production

Shortage of critical hospital supplies on the mend as Puerto Rico plants resume production

Critical IV fluids have been in short supply at hospitals across the country since hurricanes damaged Puerto Rico manufacturing plants, but the Food and Drug Administration expects improvements in the coming weeks.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Thursday reported “cautious progress” in shoring up the supply of saline and other IV fluids that hospitals and health systems depend on to hydrate patients, administer drugs and replace blood loss.

Deerfield-based Baxter International, a leading supplier of IV fluids, has all three of its manufacturing plants on the island back on the electric grid, and “we are making progress on the road to a full recovery of our operations,” the...