Saturday 24 September 2016

Contingency measures in place following intravenous food supply issue for ill babies - HSE

Published 24/10/2015 | 14:20

It is understood that contingency measures are being put in place over this weekend
It is understood that contingency measures are being put in place over this weekend

The supply of intravenous food for sick babies in hospitals at weekends may be negatively impacted, new reports suggest.

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According to RTE News, the main supplier Fannin has told the HSE that it can no longer provide the service to hospitals on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays.

The HSE have said that contingency measures are being put in place over this weekend to ensure that paediatric and neonatal requirements are being met in the short term.

South Dublin-based Fannin is a pharmaceutical firm which offers products including medical devices, medicines and diagnostic products.

The planned sale of the Fannin Paediatric Parenternal Nutrition compounding activity to Baxter Healthcare is believed to be the reason for the supply problem.

In a statement Fannin said: "Fannin Compounding has liaised closely with the HSE and individual hospitals in relation to their requirements for paediatric nutrition this weekend and has manufactured volumes in line with our commitments."

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