... had anyone else heard this?
They had a shortage last year and they used this: Ganciclovir may be used during intravenous acyclovir shortage
David W. Kimberlin, M.D., FAAP
On January 26, 2010 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a notice about shortages in the U.S. of the antiviral drug acyclovir. A long-standing treatment option for genital herpes (and other conditions such as shingles), acyclovir is a generic drug valued by many patients for its low cost.
Acyclovir availability may vary by region, as some reports indicate the impact is especially acute on the west coast. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) attributes the shortage to a combination of increased demand for the drug and manufacturing delays. ASHA president Lynn Barclay points out that patients who take acyclovir for genital herpes and reside in affected regions have few options other than more costly medications. “Acyclovir is a safe, effective, inexpensive treatment option both for those with short- and long-term prescriptions. We’re optimistic the supply issue will be resolved soon, but we understand how difficult this must be for patients who need therapy for herpes but are temporarily unable to access their regular prescription.”
Barclay notes that while legitimate over-the-counter products are available for oral herpes outbreaks (cold sores) exist, there are no FDA-approved medications available without a prescription to treat genital herpes. “Beware ‘miracle cures,’ as there are many non-regulated items sold online that claim to reduce or eliminate herpes outbreaks,” she says. “We know such products might be tempting for someone who has trouble refilling a prescription, but we stress in the strongest possible terms not to use anything to treat genital herpes without first checking with your health care provider or pharmacist.”
In addition to acyclovir, other antivirals approved to treat genital herpes include valacyclovir (available under the brand name Valtrex®) and famciclovir (marketed as Famvir®).
For the latest on the status of acyclovir, visit the CDCs website Information is available from the FDA as well.
If you live on the west coast there seems to be a shortage. I would call a mail order pharmacy like cost co, or CVS which is owned by Caremark. The largest speciality pharmacy. Or if you are on the west coast call CVS in another state or corp. office
Or go to this web page and look up your city and call a number out of the speciality pharmacy list.
Contact me through this site if this is not a solution.
- Acyclovir Information for Consumers
- Acyclovir Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Acyclovir (detailed)
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