A nationwide shortage of the intravenous solutions used to help rehydrate patients who are sick and help treat other conditions is concerning many health professionals, according to CBS News.

Millions of bags of IV solution are used each week, and increased used by hospitals – potentially from this year’s flu season – have led to a lack of supplies, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

As of Jan. 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 40 states reported widespread flu virus infection. Though they don’t track adult flu deaths, 20 children have died this season so far.

The shortage is causing the IV solutions to go for a much higher price; USA Today reports that a bag that would usually cost $1 to $1.25 is now going for five or six times the price.

Dozens of hospitals began reporting they were running out of IV fluids in mid-January, according to Valerie Jensen, associate director of the drug shortages program at the FDA. “We know that hospitals are still reporting that they may only have a few days supply.” Read the full details here:

U.S. facing concerning shortage of IV fluids

IV solutions are commonly used and many times taken for granted. However, it appears manufacturing of a commonly used IV fluid is not able to keep up with the patient demands.   This may be very serious if not fixed quickly and properly.

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