Novartis states that Voltaren Gel is not scheduled for release this quarter but not sure when. I called the FDA and they respond with the same answer. Meanwhile, I have a prescription for this medication and I was told by the FDA to 'pharmacy shop'. Why is this medication being withheld? Could someone please check into this and explain WHY I do not have access to my medication? Appreciate any feed back.
Novartis Endo Pharmaceuticals at 888 463-6332 is not releasing Voltaren Gel. WHY?
Added 21 Mar 2012:
Here is the latest on Voltaren gel...
Diclofenac 1% Gel
[27 February 2012]
Products Affected - Description
Voltaren gel, Endo
100 gram, 3 count (NDC 63481-0684-03)
100 gram, 5 count (NDC 63481-0684-05)
Reason for the Shortage
Endo is the sole supplier of Voltaren gel.
Endo could not provide a reason for the shortage.
This shortage is not affecting Pennsaid 1.5% solution, another topical diclofenac preparation for treating osteoarthritis symptoms.
No products are available.
Estimated Resupply Dates
Endo has both Voltaren gel presentations on back order and the company cannot estimate a release date.
COULD NOT PROVIDE A REASON FOR THE SHORTAGE!
I have been checking the web site daily and there was nothing until today 3-21-12 but this article is dated 27 Feb.
This really needs some media exposure!
Added 26 Mar 2012:
According to the FDA website this is the latest information released...
Voltaren gel 1% (Diclofenac Sodium Topical Gel)
Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.
1-800-452-0051 or 1-888-477-2403 Manufacturer started to release Voltaren Gel 1% today (March 23, 2012). No further supply issues anticipated.
I guess maybe putting the heat on worked!
Added 26 Mar 2012:
Pennsaid Opportunity Due to Voltaren Gel U.S. Product Shortage
Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. (Endo) and Novartis Consumer Health (Novartis) recently announced that the Novartis manufacturing facility at which Voltaren Gel is manufactured, has been closed due to manufacturing issues unrelated to Voltaren Gel. Votaren Gel is the main competitive product to Pennsaid in the U.S. Endo, which licenses Voltaren Gel from Novartis for the U.S. market, has indicated there may be shortages of Voltaren Gel as Novartis transfers manufacturing to another facility. This unexpected development may be contributing to a recent increase in Pennsaid U.S. prescriptions and may provide Mallinckrodt Inc., a Covidien company (NYSE: COV), Nuvo's U.S. licensing partner, with an opportunity to further increase U.S. Pennsaid sales.
18 Mar 2012
Can't offer any explanation as to why the Voltaren isn't available, I used to use it with great results but I'm using ARNICA Gel now and it works as well as the Voltaren. (at least for me) I have recently been able to get Arnica from Wal-Mart. Also available at Whole Foods and health food stores. Its about $7 a tube at Wal-Mart. Give it a try and maybe it will help you as it has me.
15 Mar 2012
Sorry, I haven't heard a thing about it. I subscribe to the daily updates for the FDA & this site has been so messed up I m not even getting questions & answers from my groups let alone the FDA. I would call around & see if anyone has it , if not ask you doc for a prescription of Lidoderm patches. I hear they work great too. Hope you have insurance as I hear they can cost upwards of $600 for 30 of them.I will check out & see if I can find anything for you... Mary
21 Mar 2012
Hey Mad Man, I did some research, and although there are no reasons as to why there is a shortage, there is a shortage. I did find a few suggestions though. 1) Go to a compounding pharmacy. They may take the diflu (whatever the main drug is), and crush it, and put it in a cream for you. A lot of people are doing this. 2) Apparently they have other creams just different brands available in Canada. I'm not saying for you to do this, but you might want to call one of the pharmacies nearby and ask!!
Good luck to you!!
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