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7/8/2022

Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment

Products Affected - Description

    • Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, Akorn, 0.5%, 1 gram tube, 50 count, NDC 17478-0070-31
    • Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, Akorn, 0.5%, 3.5 gram tube, 1 count, NDC 17478-0070-35
    • Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, Bausch Health, 0.5%, 1 gram tube, 50 count, NDC 24208-0910-19

Reason for the Shortage

    • Akorn has erythromycin ophthalmic ointment on shortage due to discontinuation of current manufacturing site. A new manufacturing site is being qualified.
    • Bausch Health has erythromycin ophthalmic ointment on shortage due to increased demand.
    • Padagis has erythromycin ophthalmic ointment available but is seeing increased demand.

Available Products

    • Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, Padagis, 0.5%, 1 gram tube, 50 count, NDC 00574-4024-50
    • Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, Padagis, 0.5%, 3.5 gram tube, 1 count, NDC 00574-4024-35
    • Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, Padagis, 0.5%, 3.5 gram tube, 24 count, NDC 00574-4024-39

Estimated Resupply Dates

    • Akorn has 0.5% erythromycin 1 gram and 3.5 gram tubes on back order and the company estimates a release date of 1st quarter 2023.
    • Bausch Health has 0.5% erythromycin 1 gram tubes on back order and the company estimates a release date of late-July 2022.

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/drugnotices/erythromycin-ophthalmic.htm

Updated

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

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