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10/16/2000

Company Limits Distribution of Anthelmintic

Linda R. Harteker

Minor manufacturing problems have caused Bayer Corp. to limit distribution of Biltricide, an anthelmintic also known as praziquantel, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported earlier this month.

The drug is used orally to treat infections caused by Schistosoma species and other flukes. Typical treatment lasts one day.

According to FDA, Bayer's clinical department will assess patients' need for the drug on a case-by-case basis. To obtain a supply of the drug, a health care practitioner familiar with the patient's condition must call the clinical department at 800-288-8371. After a favorable assessment, the clinical department will notify the customer service department to arrange for delivery.

[27 December 2000 update from FDA: Biltricide is now available.]