Nephrology News & Issues

Fresenius announces shortage of 1-liter normal saline product

September 18, 2013

Fresenius Medical Care North America announced that there is a temporary shortage of its 1-liter normal saline product. Because of its high market demand the, Fresenius Medical Care 1-liter 0.9% sodium chloride saline product (SKU: 060-10109) is in short supply. The shortage is the result of an issue with customs affecting their production facility in Guadalajara, Mexico, which normally handles the increased demand for the product.

Fresenius said it has implemented a new order entry control and are also investigating secondary suppliers. Orders will be limited to one week’s worth of product at a time based on historical ordering patterns unique to each business, Fresenius said. "We anticipate this being a short-term issue and that we will be able to return to standard ordering procedures within the next few weeks," according to a memo from Fresenius.

The National Renal Administrators Association sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration encouraging them to help make sure the matter is resolved safely and expeditiously. In response, the FDA stated their belief that the shortage issue has been resolved. The NRAA encourages members to continue to look for alternative sources of saline while the resolution process is taking place.