Anyone know where you can get Adequan at the moment? Seems to be on backorder everywhere. After they had a big ad campaign at WEF about how you should use "only the real thing". What is the generic alternative, any thoughts on how well it works or where to get it?
It's on backorder everywhere because it isn't being produced right now. They have to make upgrades to the facility or something like that. I don't think they're expecting to have it available again until at least late July or August.
Adequan comes from bovine trachea from WI, then is manufactured in France in a chemical synthesis that is over 200 steps and takes 5 years. They test all batches, and didn't like the way one tested a few months ago, therefore shut down production until the problem could be fixed. I think it's supposed to be back by late July, but it's understandable that it takes time to get going again.
Just started Adequan this year and was unaware of the impending shortage. Frustrated that we'll now have to repeat the loading dose. One horse really needs it. Checked with my vet this week and he hadn't heard anything, grrr.
It is my understanding, from having been at the facility, that the shutdown was FDA mandated, and they are just as anxious to have one of their most profitable products back on the market as people are to get it.
The shutdown was FDA mandated. If you do a web search, you will see that they were warned beginning in 2011 that they did not have quality controls to assure the "the identity, strength, quality, and/or purity" of their products. Apparently, they found impurities in some other injectable (not Adequan). Which is rich, considering this -
This vaguely reminds me of the issues at Novartis. They "suspended" production of several meds, including Interceptor, which was about the only heartworm med my dog would tolerate. It would be available again shortly. It will be available in March. July. October. By January at the latest. Early in the next fiscal quarter. We waited and waited, buying Revolution ($$$) by the dose, and waiting until "Hey, we actually aren't going to make this drug anymore! Use this one that makes your dog sick!"
Adequan is such a cash cow that I can't imagine that's the case, BUT I think the reliability of any dates given should be taken with a big grain of salt.
As Peter, Paul, and Mary say, a dragon lives forever.