Drug Shortage

Shortage of levetiracetam for injection

Spacefilling model of levetiracetam molecule contributed to Wikimedia by Ccroberts

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists reports a shortage of levetiracetam for injection. This is the third anticonvulsant shortage reported in the last few months. The other two formulations, listed below, are more likely to be used in a first attempt to control seizures. The “Warnings and Precautions” for levetiracetam are reproduced below. They make it pretty evident why it is routinely a second choice drug.

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