Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to site content
CDC Home

Notice to Readers: Update on Spectinomycin Availability in the United States

In April 2001, Pharmacia Corporation (Peapack, New Jersey) announced the discontinuation of its U.S. production of spectinomycin (Trobicin®)* and that its remaining inventory would expire on June 30, 2001 (1). Since then, examination of the inventory has revealed that, although some lots of the bacteriostatic water packaged with the spectinomycin have expired, the spectinomycin powder has a shelf-life beyond June 30. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Pharmacia's request to remove the bacteriostatic water and to relabel the current inventory of spectinomycin to expire on December 31. To obtain spectinomycin or to verify whether a spectinomycin lot may continue to be used, contact Wendy Johnson, Pharmacia Corporation, telephone (800) 976-7741, extension 30110; fax (800) 852-6421.

Pharmacia is planning to resume U.S. spectinomycin production later in 2001. When new spectinomycin is available, it will be distributed again through the usual wholesale distribution network.


  1. CDC. Shortage of spectinomycin---United States. MMWR 2001;50:470.

* Use of trade names is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

All MMWR references are available on the Internet at <>. Use the search function to find specific articles.

Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.

All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version ( and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables. An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.

**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #