Story 60 – Acamprosate

Dr. David Goldbloom, an Ontario psychiatrist writes….

I have been on the phone trying to help a patient of mine with severe bipolar disorder who has comorbid and severe alcohol use disorder. He just came out of inpatient rehab at CAMH. Naltrexone has failed him twice as an anti-craving medication, so next up is the other first-line drug for alcohol use disorder, acamprosate.

And guess what? It has been on back order for many months, with a scheduled release April 23. However, our CAMH pharmacist told me that every month they keep extending the date of when it will be released.

Alcohol kills lots of people in Canada every year and puts many more into hospital.