Drug Makers Suspend Production of Phenylephrine

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American Regent, one of the largest manufacturers of injectable medications, is suspending production of Phenylephrine HI injection of 10mL, 5mL and 1mL vials, according to an American Society of Anesthesiologists release.

The FDA reported on April 25 that two companies that manufacture Phenylephrine are also experiencing a delay in the drug's production. Baxter, one of the manufacturers, has accelerated production and anticipates having Phenylephrine available in mid-May.

Sandoz, the other manufacturer, is experiencing a back order of 10mL and 5mL vials of Phenylephrine HCI injection due to excess demand for the drug. The company anticipates more availability by the end of May.

According to the report, American Regent Manufacturers' parent company, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, is developing a plan to allow manufacturing and distribution to resume as soon as possible.

Read the ASA release on Phenylephrine.

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