Metformin shortage crisis continues


The Metformin shortage crisis continues, as the TGA advises more products have been updated to limited availability

The TGA advised health professionals and consumers today that while the classification of METEX XR has been changed from “limited availability” to “available,” other products have become harder to get hold of.

It advises that the following products have had their status updated from “available” to “limited availability”.

  • DIABEX XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg extended release tablet blister pack
  • DIAFORMIN XR metformin hydrochloride 500 mg extended release tablet blister pack
  • DIABEX XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg extended release tablet blister pack
  • DIAFORMIN XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg extended release tablet blister pack

“Additionally, it has been identified that another product is affected by this medicine shortage – APO-METFORMIN XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg modified release tablet blister pack, the status of which is ‘limited availability’,” the TGA advises.

The status of DIABEX products had been set to “available” since September 2016.

The TGA advises pharmacists that “if they are unable to obtain metformin extended release products that are currently available through their regular wholesaler, they should contact an alternative wholesaler to try to secure stock.”

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1 Comment

  1. Gavin Mingay
    20/01/2017

    Thank you TGA for advising us to check with a different wholesaler – I would never have thought of that…

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