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Shortage of Lacrisert (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert)

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    My wife has SS and SLE with severe sicca syndrome. She uses a lot of medications (prednisolone, hydroxychloroquine, azathioprine, rituximab, restasis, artificial tears, +++) but what works best for her when it comes to lubrication is Lacrisert in combination with one specific type of artifical tears. She is really dependent on Lacrisert.

    Currently there is a shortage of Lacrisert in Scandinavia. I have contacted Bausch+Lomb in USA but they were not able to provide any information regarding when the product will be available again. They did however assure me that the product is not being discontinued.

    In the meantime, if anyone has any Lacrisert that they are not using I would really appreciate a personal message on here. I'm interested in buying.

    Regards Morten

  • #2
    I’ve been unable to locate any, either. I’m getting the same info from Bausch & Lomb but I’m so afraid they are going to discontinue them. Like your wife, I depend on them exclusively. I’ve even been cutting them in half to try to make the few I have last longer. I was able to get a few sample boxes from ophthalmologists here in town. Has your wife tried checking with local optometrist s/ophthalmologists?


    • #3
      Thanks! Do you feel that cutting them in half works ok?

      Since Lacrisert is not sold in Norway (must be imported based on a prescription from an opthalmologist on a per user basis) no one has any samples unfortunately.


      • #4
        Unbelievable! It's a simple chemical product....For two months now told they would be back in stock and then I never get. Found out back ordered again!!! I have extreme sicca/Sjogren's syndrome. This product is how I make it to work everyday. Shameful!!! Generic lacrisert should be available if they are going to hold my health hostage. And they're ridiculously expensive!! Thanks Donald Trump for the "best health care ever" Ha. Doesn't even have a freaking plan.


        • #5
          I just was told by pharmacist that it wouldn’t be available till August!

          Hope I can find another source.


          • #6
            I just called B&L and the Consumer Service department says they cannot provide any information on why it is not available or when it will be available. That is irresponsible.


            • #7
              I have called Bausch and Lomb customer care 3 times and they cannot tell me when they will be available. SS and scared corneas now without it. My eye dr has no samples and I am so miserable. Tried so many otc treatments, no help. I am desperate any ideas or suggestions.


              • #8
                I'll try to get more from B&L tomorrow or anyone else I can find who might know. This has been a probelm for a long time
                Rebecca Petris
                The Dry Eye Zone


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