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My old website can be found at I am no longer updating the site, so there will be dead links. The static information provided by me is still sound.

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I suffer the universal malady of spam and adbots, so I moderate comments here. That may mean you'll see a long lag before I remember to check the site and approve them. Despite the gap, you'll always get your say. I read every single one, and every legitimate one gets posted.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lactase Drops: A New Crisis?

Remember how excited I was when I was able to announce just two years ago Huge News! Lactase Drops Return to U.S. In that post I talked about Pharmax Liquid Lactase, a company from Washington, that was making lactase and distributing in the U.S.

Oops. If you go to search for the drops on Amazon you see this:

Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

If you go to any other site that lists Pharmax lactase drops you'll see an equivalent disclaimer, saying that it is "backordered" or "out of stock."

I can't find any information on why this should be, although I do see at the Pharmax LLC site that in
May 2009, Pharmax LLC, previously owned by Dr Nigel Plummer, was acquired by Seroyal USA Inc. The merger has brought together three strong and functionally distinct brands, Pharmax, Genestra and Unda.

I don't know whether the parent company decided to stop selling the drops or this is just a temporary production problem. Pharmax had one of those but then resumed making the drops.

What if they don't?

For Americans, the best bet is to get them from Canada. Both Lactaid and Lacteeze brands can easily be found from a number of sellers by doing a search on lactase drops. Lots of people bought them from Canada before they popped up in the U.S. again and I guess we can go back to the old ways if necessary.

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