After Akorn's site closures in the US, albuterol remains in shortage
The beginning of March saw manufacturer Akorn Pharmaceuticals file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, which led to the closure of all its US manufacturing plants and hundreds of layoffs. But this also had a cascading effect leading to a shortage of albuterol, specifically the 0.5% version, which is used to treat breathing issues.
The closures came at a time when the drug was already in short supply, with the FDA reporting that another manufacturer, Nephron, was in shortage too. The FDA’s drug shortage site states that the drug is still in shortage with no new supply coming from Akron, and Nephron with drug “on allocation.”
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