My wife suffers from itchy scalp. And flakieness—no, not that kind…..the kind that a good dandruff shampoo will cure.
So the doctor recommended Nizoral shampoo. Thanks, Doc. I’ll bop on down to the apothecary and pick a little bit of this stuff up. But, when I arrived at the pharmacy, the place for Nizoral was empty. There was a tag indicating where the product ought to be, but no product. Sort of pricy for a dandruff shampoo (10 bucks or so for a small bottle), but, if it works, you know……..
So I asked a question of my local pharmacist—“Got any Nizoral in the back?” Nope. Haven’t been able to get it delivered for weeks now. So I went to another pharmacy. Same Story. And another. And another.
Came on home, and checked on line—I use drugstore.com, and checked there first—nope, out of stock. Checked ebay.com, and there were some bottles of 4 and 7 ounces for sale for, oh, 25 or 35 bucks, plus shipping, and the added discomfort of buying a medicated product from an amateur. Found a European seller who wanted 9 dollars plus shipping for a 1 ounce bottle. Googled Nizoral and found 7 ounce bottles for up to 52 dollars American.
So I Googled “nizoral shortage”, and discovered the following: Nobody in America has it on the shelf. Nobody in America can get it delivered. The support groups and forums and such seem to speculate that the company who makes Nizoral has changed their location, or formulation, or packaging, or something and are having trouble getting approval to sell their product. Don’t know if I buy any of that claptrap, but that’s the rampant speculation.
At Nizoral.com. there’s no indication of any shortage. And, they have a customer service number listed as 1-800-962-5357. Their hours are listed as Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 8PM, Eastern Standard. This being Saturday I didn’t even try to call, but I’ll try on Monday, somewhere around 8 AM Eastern Standard. Upon that you may rely.
Me? I bought the last 4 ounce bottle of the stuff that was available on Amazon.com for $35.00. The guy who charged that usurious amount ought to be ashamed. I know for a fact his mother would be.