Weekly PN Shortages Update - January 18, 2018

Comparison of Plenamine, FreAmine III and TrophAmine

B. Braun Medical, Inc has developed a comparison of Plenamine 15%, FreAmine III 10% and TrophAmine 10% Amino Acids Injections. This information can be instrumental in assisting the clinician in maximizing the conservation of the specialized amino acids products that should be reserved for neonates who require these products.

Drug Shortages Continue to Compromise Patient Care

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently conducted a national survey on drug shortages. Nearly 300 respondents completed the survey on drug shortages. Most respondents to the survey confirmed that drug shortages during the 6 months prior to the survey continue to be a daily struggle, involving an increasing number of lifesaving drugs without a viable alternative, and lasting longer than ever before. They suggested that providing safe and appropriate drug therapy has become extremely challenging during shortages and has led to numerous instances of unsafe practices, compromised care, and potentially harmful errors. Read more about the ISMP Survey on Drug Shortages.

ASHP Survey Confirms Patient Care Affected by Shortage of Small-Volume Parenteral Solutions

The results of a survey released by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) illustrate the considerable impact shortages of small-volume parenteral (SVP) solutions are having on daily operations and patient care in most hospitals across the country.

FDA Commissioner Gives Update on IV Saline and Amino Acids Shortages

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD recently provided an update on recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, the state of existing drug shortages that resulted from the impact of the storm and the FDA’s continued commitment to help the island fully recover. Commissioner Gottlieb addressed the shortage situation for pediatric and adult amino acids products. Commissioner Gottlieb has also provided an update on the shortage of IV fluids.