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I was surprised to learn from you that it is off the market.  I have been a big user.  Have you gotten the answer to your question?

Can't find it in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!!

Can't find it in Eastern Pennsylvania either

can't find it in Fargo, ND or on amazon.com either

Not in Michigan either


Not in so cal either :( i am dying 

I was talking to the pharmacist about this. It hasn't been taken off the market to their knowledge, it's just extremely back ordered. I've talked to a Walgreens pharm and a Wal-Mart pharm. No recalls, just not available. No other information available. I would say there is a buyer for Pepcid getting fired if resources is the case!! Nothing else works as good. I'm stocking up for the next drought!!

The FDA has uncovered problems with a number of Johnson & Johnson plants, including the one manufacturing Pepcid.   As a result, that plant has been closed since April, hence their inability to maintain supply.

July 2010: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66K6OW20100721

Dec 2010: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40690205/ns/health/

J&J is being typically opaque about the issue with corporate euphemisms:

Their response to a consumer's inquiry: "Thank you for contacting Johnson & Johnson o Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Co., makers of PEPCID® COMPLETE Acid Reducer + Antacid Mint Flavored Chewable Tablets.  It is always important to hear from our consumers, and we appreciate the time you have taken to contact us.

"Due to a shortage of supply PEPCID® products are temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience this may be causing you and assure you we are working diligently to get your products back as quickly as possible.  PEPCID® has been challenged on product supply due to production challenges as well as the transition to new labels.

"Again, thank you for your interest in our company.  Should you have any comments or questions in the future, please contact us via our website or by calling our toll-free number  1-800-962-5357.  Our specialists are available Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 8 PM EST and will be happy to assist you.

"The Information Center"


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