In January, I posted about the Novartis plant shutdown in Lincoln, NE. I haven’t seen anything new come across the wire about this and had assumed everything was back to normal. When I was unable to buy Interceptor (made by Novartis) today due to shortage of product, I began looking around. The Interceptor website doesn’t have any information. This Novartis press release, dated February 2, seems to indicate production has resumed at the Lincoln plant – until you read more closely. It’s a rather deceptive media release basically stating the company has resumed shipping old products they found in the back closet. Production has not been resumed. (See the weird disclaimer at the end.)
I eventually called Novartis and a recording told me to visit a website called PetWellness.com. From there I was led to this FAQ page which gives information about the shortage and addresses the funky press release from February 2. The bottom line: The plant is still shut down and there is no estimated date when it will be operating again.
In re-reading the comments at my original post, reader Charlotte shared a link for where she buys Interceptor (Thank you!). I went ahead and checked and they do have product so I ordered a package. Now I’m sitting here with a case of buyer’s remorse, wondering if I should have ordered a product from a company that seems less than forthcoming. On the other hand, outside of Novartis, I know of no company that makes any product containing just the (non-ivermectin) heartworm and intestinal parasite drugs – which is all I want.
I wonder what is going on at that Novartis plant.