Overview looks at how to replace IV nitroglycerin in the current shortage


MedPage Today report “For the last month, Nadia Awad, PharmD, and her ED team at Somerset Medical Centre in New Jersey have struggled with a shortage of nitroglycerin. “IV nitroglycerin is really our workhorse for myocardial infarction, hypertensive crisis, and acute decompensated heart failure,” Awad tells MedPage Today. “Alternatives are scant and often associated with adverse events.”

An emergency department nightmare is now reality: Manufacturing problems have sapped intravenous nitroglycerin supplies, leaving many ED teams across the country without the go-to drug. Last week, the New York Times reported that the sole manufacturer of nitroglycerin right now in the U.S., Baxter International, cut shipments of the drug because it could not keep up with demand.”

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