IV Saline Shortage May Impact Migraine Patients
IV fluids can be vital for some people with Migraine or other headache disorders. IV infusions are often used to treat a Migraine that's not responding to regular treatments, and IV fluids are sometimes used when people have become dehydrated from a Migraine or headache.
The FDA is reporting a shortage of IV fluid solutions, particularly 0.9% sodium chloride injection (saline). The FDA is working with the three manufacturers, Baxter Health Care Corporation, B. Braun Medical Inc., and Hospira Inc. to resolve the issue. The shortage has been brought about by increased demand by hospitals, which may be related to the flu season.
A representative of Baxter HealthCare Corporation said the company, "is making every effort to meet the needs of acute and critical care settings and other customers." They also said that production, "will be maintained at maximum levels," and, "temporary allocation and fulfillment process in order to expedite product for urgent need."2
In their notice to health care providers, the American Society of Health System Pharmacists referred to this issue as a "critical shortage," urging clinicians to observe conservation strategies.
What patients should do and know:
- We need to do our best to stay hydrated, even during a Migraine attack. This includes drinking enough as well as doing our best to control vomiting and diarrhea.
- We need to pay special attention to taking our medications in a timely fashion, as soon as we know we have a Migraine, rather than taking a chance that delays could lead to dehydration or needing an IV infusion.
- Those of us who sometimes need to go to the ER, an outpatient clinic, or our doctor's offices for an IV infusion or IV fluids for dehydration should call before going to be sure the treatment will be available.
Hopefully, this shortage will be resolved soon. In the meantime, we need to be aware of the issue and any implications it may hold for us.
1 FDA. "IV Fluid Shortage." FDA Drug Safety and Availability. January 22, 2014.
2 Fiore, Kristina. "IV Saline in Short Supply." MedPage Today. January 24, 2014.
3 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. "Critical Shortage of i.v. Saline Solution." News Capsule. January 17, 2014
Make a difference... Donate to the 36 Million Migraine Campaign!
© Teri Robert, 2014
Last updated January 28, 2014.