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Trifluridine 1% (Viroptic®) eye drops - Shortage

December 04 , 2017

The Issue:
There is a back order of trifluirdine 1% (Viroptic®) eyes drops. The only Canadian manufacturer of this product is Valeant. The back order is estimated to resolve in mid-July 2018.

Stock levels are very low and will not meet current demands. Inventory will be depleted prior to the resolution of this back order.

Key changes include:

  • Physicians should be aware of the shortage of trifluridine 1% (Viroptic®) eye drops.
  • Acyclovir 3% ointment (SAP product) applied 5 times a day, is an alternative*. See Bugs & Drugs Keratitis, Viral (page 438 or online) for further details.

*Alernatives are provided for clinician information and may not be appropriate for all clinical situations. The information provided does not replace clinician judgement.

Action:
Please post this notice in your area and ensure all staff is informed about the change.

Contact:
Please contact your site pharmacy department with any questions or concerns.

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