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US hospitals scramble as supplies of sodium bicarbonate solution dwindle

Doctors juggle chemotherapy and postpone surgery as the country's only two suppliers have run out

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Sodium bicarbonate is used in open-heart surgery, some types of chemotherapy, and as an antidote to certain poisons.

New York

SUPPLIERS of a simple, critical medication - sodium bicarbonate solution - have run out, leaving doctors to juggle chemotherapy and postpone surgery.

Hospitals around the US are scrambling to stockpile vials of a critical drug - even postponing operations or putting off

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