A friend of mine owns a rather successful neighborhood pharmacy. Yesterday he informed me that he has over TWENTY popular medications on backorder; not the least of which is VICODIN ES. I'm told that even Wal*Mart pharmacies are having problems acquiring it.
Here's a link to the Amerisource Bergen backorder list:
That particular backorder is set to clear by 31 July 2012, pharmacies are substituting (with physician/practitioner notification) the 7.5/500 strength Hydrocodone/APAP (Lortab equivalent). From what I've heard, those supplies are stable for the time being.
A Fox News story on how medic units are having to use expired meds on advanced life support patients:
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