Wednesday, January 28, 2009

News: Generic Toprol Hard to Come By


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If you take the generic form of the medication Toprol XL, which is sometimes used as a migraine preventative, you may have had trouble getting it filled lately and wondered what the deal is.

The Wall Street Journal Health Blog has this explanation:

Generic Toprol XL Scarce After Problems at Novartis, KV

The shortage stems from problems at two big suppliers of the generic in the U.S. Novartis’s generics unit, Sandoz, recalled 6 million bottles of generic Toprol XL late last year, after the FDA sent the company a warning letter about the factory in North Carolina that makes the pills.

Novartis tells the Health Blog that it hasn’t yet been able to resume shipping supplies of the generic beta blocker, metoprolol succinate ER.

Another supplier, KV Pharmaceutical, has fallen on hard times and said earlier this month that it would stop making and selling all its products, including generic Toprol XL.


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