Drug Shortage Updates from ASHP

Some recent updates from the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists of interest to people with colon and rectal cancer: Fluorouracil (5-FU) as of 8/31/11: On back order from Teva, APP Pharmaceuticals, and Mylan Institutional.  Manufacturing delays at Teva appear to…  Read More

Irinotecan Lots Recalled

APP Pharmaceuticals has voluntarily recalled five lots of irinotecan for injection. Some customers discovered small particles of foreign material in one lot of the irinotecan vials.  Further inspection found fungal microbes in the vials they sent back. It is unlikely…  Read More

Adding Irinotecan to Infusional 5-FU Does Not Add Benefit for Stage III Colon Cancer

Five years after surgery, there was no improvement in either disease-free survival or overall survival when irinotecan was added to standard 5-FU treatments delivered via continous infusion for patients with stage III colon cancer.  Adding irinotecan increased the rate of…  Read More