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7 months 3 weeks ago #56672 by Jack R
The BCG availability status can be followed on the FDA website. The link below is directly to the expected January shortage notice. Suppliers are required to advise the FDA of expected supply problems in advance.

https://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/Shortages/ucm351921.htm

From the link above,

"Because on increased global demand and as the only source of BCG Live (Intravesical) in the United States and many other countries, Merck anticipates supply constraints for TICE® BCG in 2019.

To minimize disruption to patient care and address the current imbalance between supply and increased global demand TICE® BCG will be under allocation when demand exceeds production plans and available inventory.

For questions, please call Merck customer service at:
1-800-NSC-MERCK
(1-800-672-6372)

Or visit
http://www.merck.com/product/
oncology/home.html

Click on link for the full story, or follow developments at the FDA site

Sweating over BCG once again,
Jack

What's with this Bleeding ? 6/2015
DX: HG Papillary & CIS
3 Years and 30 BCG/BCG+Inf
Tis CIS comes back.
BC clear as of 5/17 !
RCC found in my one (only) kidney 10/17
Begin Chemo; Cisplatin and Gemzar
8/18 begin Chemo , round 3
Begin year 4 with cis

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7 months 3 weeks ago #56668 by sara.anne
Yes, we have heard that once again there is a shortage of BCG. This happened a couple of year ago also and was very disturbing to patients who need this. Now it appears that we are heading for another "temporary" shortage.

The reasons for the shortage are complicated; this is a biological product and it takes weeks for the process to produce a "new batch." If there is contamination or other issues the culture has to start over. In addition, there is only one (1) provider of BCG, TICE which is affiliated with Merck. When something goes wrong, there is no alternative. This is a genuinely bad situation.

Sara Anne

Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
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7 months 3 weeks ago #56667 by Skipinmexico
Well, I just spoke with a large urology center in Denver and they have no BCG either and have no idea when it will be available. So the problem is not only in Mexico.

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7 months 3 weeks ago #56666 by sara.anne
BCG is a live biological product and isn’t available in pharmacies It is only available at a doctors office where it is administered under appropriate safety conditions You would have to be a patient in order to receive it.

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7 months 3 weeks ago #56665 by Alan
I don't know the legal angles on this. I do know people in Texas cross to border cities to use pharmacies and that is OK.

DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.

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7 months 3 weeks ago #56664 by Skipinmexico
Hi,
I live in Mexico. My urologist would like me to have BCG treatment but says it Is currently not available here. My question is: Is it available in the US and if it is would it be possible for someone to purchase some and bring it to me?

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