News stories about a shortage of sterile fluids for use in human medicine has made headlines on national media outlets in recent weeks, but the shortage has also spilled over into the veterinary world. Three- and five-liter units of fluid for use on large animals like horses have been difficult to find, and manufacturers have experienced an increased demand combined as of late.
The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that it will permit import of sterile fluid to help mitigate the problem for animals–Sypharma Pty Ltd. of Australia has been given a temporary approval to import the product, which is used as fluid replacement in many cases in and out of the hospital.
The American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners put pressure on the FDA to come up with a solution to the problem, and the AVMA said this week it continues to work with the organization to find a longterm solution.
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