Pago Pago • American Samoa's only medical center has temporarily closed its dialysis clinic after a voluntary recall by the manufacturer of a product used in the treatment of renal failure.
LBJ Medical Center CEO Taufete'e John Faumuina says hospital managers learned of the recall of NaturaLyte Liquid Bicarbonate Concentrate from an off-island supplier Tuesday. They closed the clinic Wednesday morning.
Faumuina says an emergency shipment of the product is scheduled to arrive Friday afternoon on a weekly cargo flight from Honolulu.
He told lawmakers earlier this year that the hospital serves around 160 patients. Dialysis isn't offered anywhere else on the U.S. territory, 2,300 miles south of Hawaii.