Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: May 8

This week a panda gets a colonoscopy, details are reported on swine flu cases, and information about acrylamide in food and cancer risk is reviewed.  The FDA says that the leucovorin shortage has been resolved and supplies are available. We also found a study that…

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Leucovorin Shortage Update

The Food and Drug Administration has updated information on the shortage of leucovorin as of January 21, 2009. Teva Parenteral Medicines reports a shortage of Leucovorin Calcium Lyophilized Powder for Injection due to “Increase in Demand”. Bedford Laboratories reports a shortage of Leucovorin Calcium Solution…

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Boehringer Ingelheim Addresses Leucovorin Shortage

Boehringer Ingelheim, parent company of Bedford Laboratories, reports that Bedford is shipping some leucovorin, but that improvements in its manufacturing facilities will cause some short-term interruptions. In a statement, Boehringer Ingleheim says that five lots of intravenous leucovorin were released between late November and mid-December,…

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Leucovorin Shortage Threatens Colorectal Cancer Treatment

The Food and Drug Administration is reporting shortages of leucovorin calcium, used to enhance the effectiveness of 5-FU (fluorouracil) in treating colorectal cancer.  The reason the FDA gives for the shortage is “Manufacturing Delays.” Leucovorin is supplied by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Bedford Laboratories, and the…

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