Drug Shortage: Reserpine

Elizabeth Davis
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Sandoz, the manufacturer of generic reserpine has announced an update to the current backorder situation. The 0.25 mg and 0.1 mg tablets were originally supposed to be available again at the end of April 2013 and beginning of May 2013. Now, the predicted next available supply for both strengths has been pushed back to August 2013.

Reserpine is a generic drug without any brand or other generic equivalents, and Sandoz is the only manufacturer making the generic. According to Sandoz, the backorder is due to a shortage of the raw materials needed for the active ingredient, reserpine—the same reason given when the estimated availability date was April – May 2013.

In this case, if you’re having trouble finding reserpine you may want to talk to your doctor about other options for hypertension, at least until the supply is more stable.

For more information, contact Sandoz customer service at: 1-800-525-8747

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