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Hypromellose Ophthalmic Solution

Last Updated: January 13, 2023
Status: Current

Products Affected - Description
    • Gonak, Akorn, 2.5%, 15 mL NDC 17478-0064-12
    • Goniosoft, OCuSOFT, 2.5%, 15 mL NDC 54799-0503-15 - discontinued
    • Goniotaire, Altaire, 2.5%, 15 mL NDC 59390-0182-13
    • Goniovisc, Hub Pharmaceuticals, 2.5%, 15 mL NDC 17238-0610-15 - discontinued
Reason for the Shortage
    • Akorn is not currently marketing Gonak.1
    • Altaire has Goniotaire on shortage due to a voluntary recall.[2]
Available Products
    • There are no presentations available

Estimated Resupply Dates

    • Altaire has Goniotaire 2.5% ophthalmic solution in 15 mL bottles on back order and the company estimates a release date of first quarter 2023.[2]

Alternative Agents & Management

    • Hypromellose-containing products are used in ocular examinations and to treat dry eye.[3] There are products available ranging from hypromellose 0.2% to 2.5%.[3] The American Academy of Ophthalmology does not recommend a specific product over another.[4] Use products without preservatives if applying more than 4 times daily.[4]

References

    1. Akorn (personal communication). June 8, July 13, September 7, October 25, December 13 and 26, 2018; March 1, May 8, July 29, September 17, December 18, 2019; January 30, April 27, June 30, and September 9 and 30, 2020; January 12, April 7, May 14, June 30, July 21, August 26, October 7, December 22, 2021; March 30, June 16, August 26, and November 21, 2022.
    2. Altaire Pharmaceuticals (personal communication). June 8, July 11, September 5, October 25, December 13, 2018; May 8 and 22, September 17, and December 18, 2019; September 10, 2020; January 12, April 5, July 1, August 26, December 22, 2021; March 31, June 16, August 26, November 21, 2022, and January 12, 2023.
    3. Lexi-Drugs Online. Hudson, OH: Lexi-Comp, Inc; 2018.
    4. American Academy of Ophthalmology Cornea/External Disease Panel. Preferred Practice Patern Guidelines. Dry Eye Syndrome. American Academy of Ophthalmology website. www.aao.org/ppp. 2013. Accessed June 11, 2018.

Updated

Updated January 13, 2023 by Anthony Trovato, PharmD, BCPS. Created June 8, 2018 by Anthony Trovato, PharmD, BCPS. © 2023, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

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