New York City in the grip of Rogaine shortage

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New York City is in the grip of a horrifying Rogaine shortage, with scores of bald men finding themselves faced with empty shelves at drugstore chains like Duane Reade and Walgreens.

A review of more than a dozen drugstore chains by The Post revealed that all but one were entirely from Men’s Rogaine.

Some store employees said they expect deliveries “in the next few days,” but others said shelves have been empty for weeks and order requests are not being fulfilled.

“We continue to see increased consumer demand for certain products and markets. We are taking every possible measure to ensure product availability,” said a spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson, which makes the product.

A mortified 28-year-old Rogaine user confirmed it was no longer on the city’s shelves and said he was forced to order from Amazon – and it still took three days to arrive.

Rogaine was first approved by the FDA in 1988.
Rogaine was first approved by the FDA in 1988.
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“Unfortunately, the st works,” he said. “The problem is, if you stop using it, you lose all your hair. This is how you get caught in a vicious circle.”

Rogaine and its active ingredient minoxidil were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1988 to treat male pattern baldness. A version for women was released in 1992. The company promises hair growth after three months of use and is used by millions of people worldwide.

Rogaine regularly sells for more than $50 a box, is generally kept under lock and key, and requires a store attendant to access.

Experts are tearing their hair out to find a cause for the shortage that has existed for at least two weeks.

“It’s most likely related to a supply chain issue,” said Salvatore Stile, founder of shipping and logistics company Alba Wheels Up International. “Maybe some of the components to make this product, or the packaging materials, something isn’t going in somewhere.”

Additional reporting from Irie Sentner and Maddie Panzer New York City in the grip of Rogaine shortage


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