In March 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a Letter to Health Care Personnel alerting personnel that prefilled Sodium chloride 0.9% injection (NS) syringes are in shortage due to increased demand, supply chain challenges, and manufacturer discontinuation. NS syringes are used for flushing venous access devices (VADs).
Prefilled NS syringe shortages impact patient care, particularly for home infusion patients, and NHIA is continually addressing the ongoing shortage by working with manufacturers and suppliers, other professional health care organizations, and clinicians. Through these efforts, the association is staying up to date on the status of the shortages, collaborating to resolve them, and providing resources for managing the limited supply.
NHIA has compiled product shortage recommendations to help clinicians manage patient care and conserve prefilled NS syringe supplies during this time when they may not be readily available.
Download NHIA’s Guidance (pdf)