EMLA Cream to be Taken Off the Market in the United States
AstraZeneca has confirmed that EMLA will be taken off the market in the US on November 15, 2002. EMLA is an anesthetic cream often used by insulin pumpers to numb the skin prior to inserting an insulin pump infusion set.
EMLA is being taken off the market because the packaging doesn't comply with the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Once new, child-resistant packaging is designed and approved, EMLA will be reintroduced into the market. The expected re-release date is mid-2003.
Until that time, EMLA will only be available to hospitals for use in in-hospital settings. EMLA will no longer be available at pharmacies or to physicians for use in their offices.
If you use EMLA, now would be a good time to stock up.
As an alternative, EMLA users may want to consider ELA-Max, another topical anesthetic that doesn't require a prescription in the unites States. Information about ELA-Max is available at the Ferndale Labs web site or at via telephone (248) 548-0900.
For more information about the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, see the Consumer Products Safety Commission web site or call (301) 508-0608.
Source: Telephone conversation with AstraZeneca on October 31, 2002
1 November 2002
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