Vaniqa Cream Currently in Shortage

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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If you’ve ever taken a prescription medication before you may be familiar with the fact that medications can potentially run into issues and may not always be available. If your pharmacy has ever given you your medication and it looks slightly different from before, there’s a small chance that the medication change could be due to a drug shortage. Drug shortages can happen because of regulatory issues, natural disasters, or shortage of active ingredients.

One of the most recent drug shortages is Vaniqa cream indicated for unwanted facial hair in women. 

Why is Vaniqa cream currently on a drug shortage?

Vaniqa cream is currently unavailable due to a shortage of the active ingredient, eflornithine. While Vaniqa is unavailable at the moment, it is expected to be available again in August 2018. 

How does Vaniqa work?

Vaniqa cream reduces the rate of hair growth where applied as directed, so over time you shave/tweeze/wax less and has been tested in women of multiple ethnicities.  

While Vaniqa is to be applied at least twice a day, improvement with Vaniqa is gradual and can take time. Improvements may be seen as early as 4-8 weeks of treatment.  

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