Story 9 Generic antibiotics, bisphononate, hormones

The family doctor who gave us Story Number 2, has learned from her patients of three more shortages–all generic drugs

On 12 December she reported the shortage of

Clavulin used to treat bacterial infections–it is a combination of amoxicillin and clavulinic acid, which helps make the amoxicillin more effective.

Alendronate, a bisphosphonate to help prevent osteoporosis (often known by its Merck brand name Fosamax). Merck’s patent expired in 2008 and the company tried unsuccessfully through legal means to block the manufacture of generics. Now the generic is missing.

On 20 December she reported the absence of

Provera, a hormone replacement drug. She wrote “I have a woman who is perimenopausal, bleeding, smokes and needs cyclical progesterone.   She does not have funding for Prometrium ( the more expensive progesterone ).”