FDA Takes Action on Two Critical Cancer Drugs in Shortage

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced yesterday during a teleconference that the FDA has arranged to meet critical needs for methotrexate and Doxil® (doxorubicin). FDA has approved temporarily importing Lipodox, which has the same active ingredient — doxorubicin — and the same concentration as Doxil. There should be enough to meet needs for Doxil treatment.  FDA has…  Read More

Watch our Webinar on Drug Shortages

On Wednesday night, Dr. Lindsey Poppe, the Pharmacy Clinical Manager for Oncology for the University of North Carolina hospital system talked about the alternatives and options that patients have when directly faced with the current chemo drug shortage. You can watch a recording of the webinar on our website, along with all of our past patient webinars.…  Read More

Congress Probes Drug Shortages

Drug shortages in the US are a growing crisis, members of Congress were told last Friday, September 23.  And there is no single reason why this is happening and no easy solutions to the problem. Problems lie mostly in older generic versions of sterile injectable drugs, which are low-priced and complicated to manufacture made by a…  Read More

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 have caused increased demand from other companies. Leucovorin as of 8/31/11:   Bedford has some powderized…  Read More

Gray Markets Gouge Drug Shortages

Leucovorin is available — but at over 3000 percent markup on the gray market. And there is no guarantee that the drug has been handled safely, is not counterfeit or stolen, or is even leucovorin. The gray market is taking huge advantage of  struggling health care pharmacists trying meet pressures causes by drug shortages.

Leucovorin Shortage Update: Imported Supplies Available

The FDA issued a shortage update for leucovorin on July 21, 2011. While leucovorin remains in shortage from all three US manufacturers, the FDA is temporarily allowing Teva Pharmaceuticals to import calcium folinate solution for injection from Europe. The imported solution is the same strength as  powdered leucovorin calcium for injection once water is added to…  Read More