IV Bags in Short Supply Across U.S. After Hurricane Maria

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By Catherine Kavanaugh

Fears about an IV bag shortage have come to fruition as medical device manufacturers struggle to return to normal production in Puerto Rico more than three months after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory.

About 45% of electricity customers still don’t have power on the island, where 30% of the gross domestic product comes from medical and pharmaceutical products like IV bags, sophisticated cancer drugs, glucose monitors and cardiac pacemakers.

A California man took to