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NHS declares national emergency over shortage of intravenous feeds

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 15 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5160
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The NHS has declared a national emergency incident in response to an ongoing shortage of intravenous feed supplies that has affected hundreds of patients across England.

In separate letters sent to clinicians, trusts, and affected patients on 7 August, the NHS national patient safety director Aidan Fowler said the service was considering importing products to ensure sufficient supplies.

The incident has been declared following shortages that arose as a result of manufacturer Calea being ordered by the Medicines Health and Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to take immediate action to change its manufacturing process for parenteral …

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