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Puerto Rico hurricane damage causing nationwide shortage of saline

November 28, 2017 06:44 PM

Hurricane Maria's impact is being felt in some medical facilities here in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration says damage in Puerto Rico is causing a nationwide shortage of saline.

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According to the Food and Drug Administration, Puerto Rico produces $40 billion worth of pharmaceuticals like saline, for the United States market. The saline has a multitude of uses from cleaning instruments, mixing with other drugs and replacing fluids in patients.

"It's continuously needed throughout the whole U.S., so every hospital needs it. So once one's affected, then the other ones get backlogged and the shortage starts happening," explained Tim Holding, a pharmacist.

Experts are hoping the shortage will end around March.

NewsChannel 13 reached to local hospitals to see if they're having any problems getting saline - so far, no response.

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