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Published On: Thu, Mar 7th, 2013

CDC reports on rabies vaccine availability; doxycycline, tetracycline shortages

In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bulletin Thursday, officials report that restrictions on the use of Sanofi Pasteur’s IMOVAX rabies vaccine are still in effect.

Photo/CDC/ Debora Cartagena

Photo/CDC/ Debora Cartagena

IMOVAX is currently available for postexposure prophylaxis only, says the federal health agency. Rabies vaccine produced by Novartis (RabAvert), continues to be available for pre- and postexposure prophylaxis.

CDC continues to work with partners to monitor the status of the rabies vaccine supply. This status is not expected to change moving into Spring; however, additional updates will be released as available.

In addition, a couple of antibiotics used in the treatment of certain sexually transmitted infections are available only in limited supply, or not  at all, according to the CDC.

They report that  doxycycline is available in limited supply due to increased demand  and tetracycline is unavailable.

The CDC recommends alternate therapies as outlined in the 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines.

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