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Compounding for Manufacturer Backorders and Discontinuations: "Oh, No! Not Again!"

Author(s):  McElhiney Linda F

Issue:  Jan/Feb 2009 - Compounding for Pediatrics
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Abstract:  Drug shortages due to manufacturer backorders and discontinuations are a concern and frustration for pharmacists, physicians, and patients. Keeping up-to-date on the latest shortages, utilizing good key references, and using compounding as an alternative source for the drugs can keep the patients on their current therapy that is optimum for them. This article discusses some of the factors that influence drug supplies, provides some of the resources to find information on backordered or discontinued drugs, and provides some formulations as alternatives to backordered or discontinued medications.

Related Keywords: Linda F. McElhiney, PharmD, RPh, manufacturer backorders, drug discontinuations, drug shortages, discontinued drugs, formulations, information sources, hydrochlorothiazide, midazolam, amphotericin B, vancomycin hydrochloride, dosage forms, edetate disodium, ophthalmic preparation

Related Categories: FORMULATIONS, DISCONTINUED FORMULATIONS, PROFESSIONAL ISSUES, INFORMATION RESOURCES

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