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3 Types of backordered and discontinued drugs

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Keeping on top of current backorder situations is more important now than ever. Back in July 2011, I compiled this list of the three types of drugs that were on backorder at the time. They include temporary backorders, long-term backorders and discontinuations. For the most up-to-date list, check Wedgewood Pharmacy's backorder alert page at http://www.wedgewoodpetrx.com/veterinary-practices/drug-shortage-and-back-order-alert.html.

A partial list of medications currently on backorder (as of July 2011)

Calcium ChlorideNalbuphine
Dextrose 50%Procainamide
ErythromycinThyroid Tablets

Drugs currently on backorder with no available restocking date (as of July 2011)
AcepromazineFentanyl Patches
Amoxicillin SuspensionFurosemide Injection
Butorphanol InjectionOptimmune
Carafate TabletsPropofol
ChloramphenicolUnasym 3gm Bottles
Diazepam InjectionVincristine

Drugs scheduled to be discontinued (as of July 2011)
CytoxanHPH Iletin II
ElavilPancrease Capsules
FoscavirSporonox Injection
Humulin 50/50 Insulin1.5% Xylocaine
Humulin UZovirax Injection
Humulin L

What veterinarians can do during backorder situations

I've put together a presentation on what is currently going on in the pharmaceutical industry and how it impacts veterinary practitioners like us. Download the eBook from the Resources for Veterinarians section of WedgewoodPetRx. Additionally, you can watch the on-demand presentation on PetsVetSpace.com for CE credit. I'll be guest blogging here for a few weeks to share with you this important information.

Michael Brown, DVM, MS
Michael Brown, DVM, MS
Veterinary Ophthalmologist
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About Michael Brown, DVM:
In addition to his professional studies and residency training in ophthalmology, Dr. Brown received a Master of Science degree for his biochemical study of animal tears. Dr. Brown became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1996.

Dr. Brown’s special interests include diseases of the cornea, corneal surgery, intraocular surgery and diseases of the retina.

He has written scientific papers, is a noted lecturer throughout the country and is an ophthalmology consultant for pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Brown is the owner of Veterinary Ophthalmology Services, Inc., a veterinary practice that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases in animals. Veterinary Ophthalmology Services, Inc. offers services at the Animal Eye Center in Little Falls, NJ, Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ and at Animerge in Raritan, NJ.

The views expressed on this blog are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of Wedgewood Pharmacy.

Medications compounded by Wedgewood Pharmacy are prepared at the direction of a veterinarian. Many compounded preparations are commonly prescribed, and supported by literature, to treat particular disease states, but you should always consult your veterinarian before taking or administering any compounded medication. Wedgewood Pharmacy does not make claims for the efficacy of its compounded preparations.

Michael Brown, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO 12/12/2011 9:30:00 AM

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