Levophed shortage

  1. I saw that there was a levophed shortage. Anyone know why?
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  3. by   MunoRN
    Of the three that supply the US, one company "temporarily" stopped making it, another company is out until march, leaving the last company with limited supply. We're using neo instead.
  4. by   MomRN0913
    Really? That sucks. Levo is my favorite pressor. My hospital had a Propofol shortage a few times last year. it was awful. Pt's self extubating left and right. Ativan, versed and fentanyl gtts did squat.
  5. by   bellehill
    We have a Neo shortage as well, anyone else? We have been using Dopamine and Epinephrine.
  6. by   CCL RN
    We were told the levo was recalled. They busted open our code cart and took it from us! Neo, dopa, epi, fine. But nothing works for septic shock like leophed! I like levo the best.

    We also had a propofol shortage last year...what a nightmare!!!
  7. by   meandragonbrett
    We currently have no Levophed (been out for two weeks), no calcium gluconate, and are running out the last reserves of Dopamine. We are also out of tromethamine.

    We're using Epi instead of levo.
  8. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Oh no. Hated using Ativan/Versed gtt instead of Propfol... Back to work tomorrow. Guess I will find out.
  9. by   MoLee228
    We are also using neo instead of levo. More patient's on vaso, too...I hate it. I don't want my patient's toes going necrotic on my watch (or ever...) Wrapping them in warm blankets and sheepskin boots! COME BACK LEVO!
  10. by   p_hawk
    Out in our unit as well. We're replacing with neo for the time being. The diprivan shortage was horrible. sedation vacations were a joke with versed drips.
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  12. by   Deb123j
    On Tues my pts was maxed on neo and was desperate for levo! None in the whole hospital! SUCKS!!!
  13. by   OleMissRN
    Levophed....leave 'em dead. (toes and fingers, that is)

    I know, I know, that's an OLLLLLDDDD quote.

    For those of you out of neo and/or dopamine as well....YEEEESH! Using epi as a first line? That sucks.

    Nothing wrong with Vaso...if you want to put your patient on dialysis eventually...

    Wasn't aware of the recent propofol shortage...we use Versed + Fentanyl mostly...works like a charm, and hangs around FOREVER......
  14. by   blueheaven
    We have been using other pressors. Levo was our fave!