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Drug Shortages Update

Albuterol/Proventil MDI Shortage Update

We have been able to obtain an approximately six-week supply of albuterol for the medical center. Orders for albuterol will be processed as usual for the time being.

Cefoxitin Shortage -- Automatic Substitution with Cefotaxime Plus Metronidazole

The medical center is experiencing an acute shortage of cefoxitin, which is expected to continue for another six to eight (6-8) weeks. Cefoxitin was the cephalosporin that replaced cefotetan when a nationwide shortage of cefotetan occurred last summer. The manufacturer of cefotetan has not indicated when it will be able to supply cefotetan in the future. The Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee (with input from the Antibiotic Utilization Review Committee) has approved an automatic substitution of cefoxitin to CEFOTAXIME PLUS METRONIDAZOLE.

This automatic substitution will be in effect until the drug shortage has been resolved.

Please contact Drug Information at (310) 423-3784 for further questions/concerns.