There are countless products and “remedies” that are no longer commercially available but that physicians and patients report are very useful in treating a specific problem.
The most common reasons are:
- Backordered due to a manufacturing problem
- Discontinued products due to decreased usage or declining manufacturer profits, which may be related to the introduction of a newer drug
- Drug shortages
- Withdrawn from the market due to health risks(*we do not compound medications that were discontinued due to safety concerns*)
- Sometimes only certain doses and dosage forms of a particular drug, or specific combinations are discontinued.
For example, Cafergot used to treat or prevent certain types of headaches (vascular headaches including migraine and cluster headaches) has been discontinued. Another drug that has been discontinued is a product called Migranal, also for migraines. Our compounding pharmacists, with a physician’s prescription, can combine the ingredients used in this medication and help those of you who benefit from it.
Our compounding pharmacists 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 you get the critical care you require. We have access to the highest quality pharmaceutical ingredients from PCCA(Professional Compounding Centers of America), and can fulfill a prescription using the latest research, quality control processes, and testing technologies to create compounded medications that meet the individual needs of our patients.
If you know your that there is a shortage, or your medication is discontinued please call us at (315)-676-4441 to see if we can help you.
If your not sure, here is the complete list of Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations reported to the FDA.