Tampa dermatologist warns of dangerous consequences of doxycycline shortage

With the FDA reporting a shortage of the common antibiotic, patients dealing with everything from acne to Lyme disease are looking for alternatives
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(PR NewsChannel) / February 19, 2013 / TAMPA, Fla.  

Tampa dermatologist Forman dermatology and skin cancer instituteTampa dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman warns consumers that the critical shortage of the commonly used antibiotic, doxycycline, is going to affect a large amount of people. This antibiotic is used to treat a wide range of conditions, from acne and bacterial infections such as pneumonia to sexually transmitted diseases, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

“There is no question about it; doxycycline is the number one prescription I write in my practice and probably the top one in the country for dermatology,” says the Tampa dermatologist.

The doxycycline shortage was caused by high demand and manufacturing delays. However, a member of the same drug class and alternate antibiotic, tetracycline, is also experiencing a shortage, causing even more of a problem for those trying to fill prescriptions.

“Consumers are left with fewer options, but physicians are able to find suitable alternatives,” says Forman. “Patients shouldn’t try buying doxycycline online because these routes aren’t regulated. They could end up with potentially dangerous, contaminated or counterfeit drugs.”

The Tampa dermatologist advises patients to contact their doctors before their doxycycline runs out. An advocate for consumer health, Forman regularly urges patients to stay educated about what’s going on in the medical industry and to ask questions when seeing their physicians.

For more on Dr. Seth Forman, Tampa dermatology or Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, please visit www.FormanDerm.com.

About Dr. Seth Forman: Dr. Forman is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Tampa, Florida. He was voted the “Best Dermatologist in Carrollwood” in 2011 and 2012 by the Carrollwood News and Tribune. In December 2011, he opened his new Tampa dermatology office, Forman Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute, where he gives psoriasis sufferers access to the latest treatment options, including topical and oral medications, as well as biological and phototherapy. Dr. Forman is one of the few Tampa dermatologists to offer narrowband light therapy, which uses pharmaceutical grade light to suppress psoriasis. He’s also one of the few board-certified dermatologists in the U.S. to use the SRT-100 radiotherapy to treat basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer.

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