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Sodium Phos and Potassium Phos Inj Shortage 10.1.18

To:      Physician, Nursing and Pharmacy Staff
From: Alan Mader, Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
Date:  10/1/2018
Re:       Sodium Phosphate Injection Shortage
             Potassium Phosphate Injection Shortage

Situation

Both Sodium Phosphate and Potassium Phosphate Injection are on shortage. Currently the system is in very low supply of Sodium Phosphate and pharmacy has transferred supply from the Huntley campus to the McHenry campus. The Sodium Phosphate shortage is projected to last 2 to 4 weeks. The Potassium Phosphate shortage is projected to last until late December.

Background

These shortages have been newly announced.

Assessment

Sodium Phosphate supply is very low within the system (17 vials). While Potassium Phosphate is currently in greater supply, projections indicate that it may remain on the shortage list an additional month longer that Sodium Phosphate.

Recommendation

Please conserve both Sodium and Potassium Phosphate Injection. Wherever possible, please consider oral replacement with Neutra Phos equivalent. Each packet contains: Sodium 160 mg (7.1 mEq), Potassium 280 mg (7.1 mEq), Phosphorus 250 mg (8 mMol).