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7/14/2024

Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment

Products Affected - Description

    • Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, Bausch Health, 0.5%, 1 gram tube, 50 count, NDC 24208-0910-19
    • Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, Bausch Health, 0.5%, 3.5 gram tube, 1 count, NDC 24208-0910-55

Reason for the Shortage

    • Akorn has ceased operation in February 2023.
    • Bausch Health has erythromycin ophthalmic ointment on shortage due to increased demand.
    • Padagis discontinued erythromycin ophthalmic ointment in August 2023.
    • Armas has erythromycin ophthalmic ointment available via wholesalers and direct orders.

Available Products

    • Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, Armas Pharmaceuticals, 0.5%, 1 gram tube, 50 count, NDC 72485-0670-31
    • Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, Armas Pharmaceuticals, 0.5%, 3.5 gram tube, 1 count, NDC 72485-0670-35

Estimated Resupply Dates

    • Bausch Health has 0.5% erythromycin 1 gram unit-dose presentations and 3.5 gram tubes on allocation.

Alternative Agents & Management

    • CDC recommends ceftriaxone given intravenously or intramuscularly as an alternative during this shortage. More details can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/drug-notices.htm

Updated

Updated July 14, 2024 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Created July 8, 2022 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. © 2024, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

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