March 13, 2014
Harrisonburg -- Due to a generic pharmaceutical manufacturer ban a well known antibiotic is in short supply and the cost is going up.
Doxycycline is a member of the tetracycline antibiotics group, and is commonly used to treat a variety of infections. The antibiotic is also used to treat many diseases carried by ticks in animals.
Elizabeth Oister tells WHSV she is seeing a dramatic increase in the drug. "I paid for one dog the same price I paid for four dogs last year, " said Oister.
Mel Anderson with Medicap Pharmacy in Harrisonburg says Wockhardt recently was forced to stop manufacturing at one of its plants in India.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned about contamination of drugs manufactured at its facility in India. The FDA imposed an "import alert" on one of its plants on May 22.