This Next Question comes from a viewer who gets regular saline infusions due to a rare autoimmune disorder. Pamela only got half as much this time.
The Food and Drug Administration confirmed there is indeed a saline shortage. There's been one since 2014, and it became worse after the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, since the country is home to a big production plant for saline.
The FDA said it's importing saline from facilities in Ireland and Australia to counteract the lost of production in Puerto Rico.
UCHealth said "minor measures" are being taken to conserve saline at its hospitals. According to a spokesperson, pill versions of medications are being used instead of the IV versions.
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