June 01, 2015


 More large-volume fluids to arrive from abroad

Posted May 13, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration announced April 24 that more large-volume polyionic fluids for parenteral administration in large animals would be arriving from abroad.

Because of an ongoing shortage of 3-L to 5-L bags of fluids, the FDA is allowing the distribution of certain foreign products in the United States temporarily. Dechra Veterinary Products will provide products from its Ireland manufacturing facility via distributor Vedco Inc. Baxter Healthcare Pty. Ltd. in Australia will distribute products via Henry Schein Animal Health. Sypharma Pty. Ltd. of Australia will distribute products via Animal Health International Inc.

In addition, within the United States, Zoetis Inc. shipped 5-L bags of Plasma-Lyte in mid-March and mid-April and shipped 5-L bags of lactated Ringer’s solution to distributors in mid-April.

The FDA is working closely with manufacturers to meet the needs for large-volume fluids. As products become available, the agency is providing updates here. Visitors to the page may sign up for email alerts.

Related JAVMA content:

Large animal practitioners grapple with fluid shortage (April 15, 2015)