Backorder Notice: Atenolol (Tenormin) 25mg Tablets

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Recently, some pharmacies may have been experiencing a shortage of the blood pressure medication, atenolol 25 mg tablets (generic Tenormin).

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?

These are some medications similar to atenolol that your doctor may switch you to if cutting the atenolol 50mg tablet in half is not a reasonable option for you:

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.

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