According to the FDA, Puerto Rico produces $40 billion worth of pharmaceuticals like saline for the U.S. market. The shortage was felt right after the hurricanes wiped out a major portion of the island. It's domino effect could be felt throughout entire hospitals in the U.S.

The United States is facing a nationwide shortage in the medical industry that was brought on by last summer's back-to-back hurricanes in Puerto Rico.

Saline is vital for most patients who go to a hospital for treatment. The clear bagged solution has a multitude of uses, from cleaning instruments, to mixing with other drugs, to simply replacing fluids in patients.

According to the FDA, Puerto Rico produces $40 billion worth of pharmaceuticals like saline for the U.S. market. The shortage was felt right after the hurricanes wiped out a major portion of the island. It's domino effect could be felt throughout entire hospitals in the U.S.

"It's continuously needed throughout the whole U.S. so every hospital needs it,” says pharmacist Tim Holding.

Holding says they're working hard so patients don't experience any changes in their care. Pharmacists say the shortage should end around March but if the supply gets too low, they say they can make saline solution from scratch. They hope it doesn't come to that.