Which generic manufacturers have been affected?
What is the reason for the backorder?
At this time none of the manufacturers could provide a reason for the shortage.
What pharmacies are doing about this backorder:
Pharmacies are calling the doctor that has prescribed the medication for you, whether it is a family doctor or specialist, and asking them to consider prescribing the atenolol 50mg tablets and having you use half of the tablet to get a comparable dose.
What other medications might your doctor prescribe for you instead?
- metoprolol tartrate (immediate release metoprolol), generic Lopressor
- metoprolol succinate (extended release metoprolol), generic Toprol XL
- bisoprolol, generic Zebeta
Is this medication still included in some pharmacy discount generic programs (often $4/$10 lists)?
Yes. Many pharmacies currently offer atenolol tablets in all strengths (25mg, 50mg, and 100mg) on their generic discount programs. However, when a medication is on backorder it is often due to a production issue, which in turn leads to an increase in cost and eventually the removal of the medication from many pharmacy discount programs. This is not always the case, and atenolol may remain on these lists, but there have been several other drugs recently removed from these programs due to cost increases.