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Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage

Recently, hospital pharmacies have been made aware of a critical shortage of Sodium Bicarbonate Injection. This is due to a recall of product as a result of a potential line contamination in the manufacturing process and a subsequent suspension of further production expected to last for several months. As Sodium Bicarbonate Injection is a drug commonly used in the treatment of many poisoned patients, the Ontario Poison Centre has made recommendations for alternative treatments to be used in the interim. As always, these recommendations are meant to augment the treatment advice provided by the Ontario Poison Centre and should not replace a consult call.

View OPC’s recommendations here.