Drug Shortages

The growing drug shortage problem is impacting a range of patient conditions and issues from oral antibiotics that allow pediatric and elderly patients unable to swallow pills to take their medicine, to treatments for leukemia and chemotherapy, to name just a few. Recently, the American Society of Health-System Phanmacists (ASHP) named over 200 medicines on its drug shortage list. During a recent FDA sponsored forum on drug shortages, a representative from the Drug Infonmation Resource Center (DIRC) reported tracking 210 "new" Shortages over the first nine months of 2011, with more than 260 cumulative shortages, new and ongoing.

Compounding phanmacists play an important role in providing access to discontinued medications and drugs in short supply by compounding the specific drug-based on a physician's prescription, using pharmaceutical base ingredients to help ensure that patients get the critical care they require.

Central Drug has access to the highest quality phanmaceutical ingredients from PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America), and can fill a prescription using the latest research, quality control processes, and testing technologies to create compounded medications that meet the individual needs of patients.

Looking for Midrin®? PCCA member pharmacies have the solution

There are regional shortages of Midrin and Central Drug can help with a compounded solution. All of the chemicals required to prepare Midrin (acetaminophen / dichloralphenazone /isometheptene) are available from PCCA. In fact, PCCA is the only supplier to compounding pharmacies to offer all three ingredients for Midrin. Contact Central Drug for details. Prescription required.

Click here to download the Practitioner's Guide to Midrin.