Anybody got a line on why Maalox is shorting it's orders to retailers? I managed to find some on local supermarket shelves where there is a large inventory, but all the local pharmacies are out. Each has said they're orders are not being filled and nobody is providing an explanation! It's been going on for at least a couple weeks. Must be something going on for the company to be playing it so super secret.
Liquid Maalox is sometimes sprayed on people being teargassed to counteract the effects of the gas. Perhaps someone is stockpiling, or it's all a big conspiracy to prevent potential Occupy-type protesters to get enough of this to be effective.
There are quite a few drug shortages in the US. I am not aware of a Maalox shortage. In the last year, shortages of Diprivan, Albumin, IV Metoprolol, IV Hydralazine and IV Zofran have been significantly impacting some of our facilities.
Initially, the majority of the shortages were attributed to military usage. So, sam i's reply may have some accuracy to it. When the military places an order, the quantities are usually massive. They also get preferential priority.
Sometimes we have shortages due to manufacturer problems and recalls. I usually get a note in my work mailbox about shortages and auto substitutions but I have not checked my mailbox in .......well, its been a while. In healthcare, there is a priority system. If pharmacies, in hospital and out, have depleted their supplies, then stock from store shelves will be pulled to replace their needs. However, this is unlikely with Maalox because there are many equivalents and I doubt the company that produces Maalox is the only manufacturer of aluminum and magnesium hydroxide preparations (just my guess).
Sounds crazy but this is true. You can find videos on youtube and websites explaining how to use Maalox and water to counteract tear gas specifically targeted to the Occupy anarchists. It would actually explain an increased demand especially in denser urban areas where the "movement" is strong.
Thank you, me too. I didn't know that Maalox was used in this way before I googled "maalox" to find out why there would be a shortage of it, and a story popped up about an old Greek lady spraying it on the protesters over there. I think I have a bottle around here somewhere... and I'm putting it in my medical bugout bag just in case.
Might as well also stock up on some of that recalled NoDoz that was locally rumored to be contaminated with Percocet. Alert intoxication seems like it might be a suitable state in which to be drenched in Maalox before being tear-gassed, if one must.
While folk remedy usage could impact the supply problem, there are other issues at play as well, it seems.
From the Novartis OTC Canada WWW site:
"Notice of Product Shortage
We are experiencing product shortages of Benefibre, Buckley's, Excedrin, Maalox, NeoCitran, Otrivin, Triaminic and Slow Fe in Canada as a result of a site upgrade at one of our manufacturing facilities.
During this time, you may unfortunately experience product shortages on some of our brands. Please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible to complete these improvements and resume full production.
A full list of affected products and frequently asked questions about this situation are presented below for your information.
We apologize for any inconvenience this shortage may cause.
Thank you for your understanding and loyalty during this time.
Last Update: February 14th, 2012"
Though the Canadian site expressly states that recalls are not the reason for the shortages or plant shutdown, third-party sites indicate that there is a precautionary recall in the USA for at least some of the products made at their Lincoln NE plant: Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin and Gas-X; apparently due to minor reasons such as improper packaging, chipped/broken tablets, etc. Therefore the entire plant is shuttered while improvements are made, which could also affect some veterinary medicine products also manufactured there.
Another test would be to visit your local Wal-Mart or Kmart and see what the supply of Maalox is in relation to the store brand (which would be Equate, for Wal-Mart) is. Store brands are made by contract manufacturers who have no relation to the trade-name owners and so have their own manufacturing plants and supply chains.
This seems like the most likely scenario. I was in RiteAid just a few weeks ago looking for Excedrin Migraine and could not locate the branded version anywhere and thought that to be strange. I did, however, find the RiteAid brand so this makes a lot of sense to me.
I contacted the company after unsuccessfully trying all retail sources in my area for Maalox Advanced and they said that they are making plant updates and that mid-summer is the (optimistic) time when the product will be available again. Since the vendors do not know this, they are unable to explain to customers why the shelves are bare. Good luck finding a substitute; there is either a non-similar house brand or the other brands are sold out.
Thanks to all of the explanation of why I can't find the Maalox. I went to multiple stores yesterday looking for it. It is the only thing that works for me. I differ with some people I tried other store brands
Had trouble getting Maalox last time I needed it abt 3 mos. ago... tried 4-5 stores before finally found it. Could the plant update be taking so long?? Mylanta never worked ti well for me - same goes for some of the generic brands I've tried. Think I have enough for short term, but does anyone know how the plant reno will take?