Post-upschedule shortage resolved


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Four codeine products that experienced increased demand are now back in supply – although many other shortages continue

Shortages of Sanofi’s Panamax Co, Prodeine 24, Prodeine Xtra and Mersyndol Forte have now been resolved, according to the TGA’s latest update.

A Sanofi spokesperson told the AJP that the shortages were due to increased demand of the products following the February upschedule.

“We are continuing to see strong demand across our portfolio of nine Schedule 4 products which contain codeine,” a Sanofi spokesperson said.

“These changing stock levels coincide with a number of environmental factors including the withdrawal from sale of other codeine products by other suppliers.”

For example, GSK decided not to move its codeine-containing analgesics (Panafen Plus, Panadeine, Panadeine Rapid Soluble and Panadeine Extra) from S3 OTC to S4 prescription-only medicines following the February decision.

Other current shortages reported by the TGA include:

Medicine

Expected date of resolution

Sponsor

Cefalexin Sandoz
Cefalexin (as monohydrate) 125mg/5mL powder for suspension bottle

13 Aug 2018

Sandoz Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 726 369      

Adrenaline-Link 1:10,000

1mg/10mL adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate injection BP pre filled syringe

15 Aug 2018

 

Link Medical Products Pty Ltd T/A Link Pharmaceuticals

Phone: 1800 181 060      

Enalapril/HCT Sandoz
20mg/6mg

Enalapril maleate 20mg and hydrochlorothiazide 6mg tablet blister pack

15 Sep 2018

Sandoz Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800726369        

Neulactil
Periciazine 2.5mg tablet blister pack

1 Jul 2019

Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 818 806      

Neulactil
Periciazine 10mg tablet blister pack

1 Jul 2019

Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 818 806      

Gentech

Molybdenum (99Mo) / technetium (99mTc) sterile generator for production of sodium pertechnetate (99mTc) injection multidose vial

7 Aug 2018

ANSTO t/a ANSTO Health

Phone: 1800251572        

Clomid
Clomifene citrate 50mg tablet blister pack

30 Sep 2018

 

Sanofi-Aventis Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 818 806      

Levitra 10
Vardenafil 10mg (as hydrochloride trihydrate) tablet blister pack

31 Oct 2018

 

Bayer Australia Ltd

Phone: 1800 008 757      

DBL Sodium Nitroprusside concentrated injection
Sodium nitroprusside 25 mg/mL concentrated injection vial

27 Sep 2018

 

Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 675 229

Nimotop
Nimodipine 10mg/50mL injection vial

03 Aug 2018

 

Bayer Australia Ltd

Phone: 1800 008 757      

Adalat 10

Nifedipine 10mg tablet blister pack

31 Aug 2018

 

Bayer Australia Ltd

Phone: 1800 008 757      

Sinemet 100/25

Levodopa/carbidopa 100mg/25mg tablet bottle

31 Aug 2018

Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 818 553      

DBL Gentamicin

10mg/1mL (as sulfate) injection ampoule

14 Aug 2018

 

Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 675 229      

DBL Metronidazole Intravenous Infusion

Metronidazole 500mg/100mL solution for injection bag

31 Aug 2018

 

Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 675 229      

Testogel
Testosterone 1% 5g sachets

31 Jul 2018

 

Besins Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 0299047473        

Climara 50

Estradiol 50 micrograms/day transdermal drug delivery system sachet

31 Jul 2018

 

Bayer Australia Ltd

Phone: 1800 008 757      

Neosynephrine 1%

Phenylephrine hydrochloride 10mg/1mL injection USP ampoule

27 Sep 2018

 

Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 02 9850 3333      

Apo-Oxazepam

Oxazepam 30mg tablet blister pack

30 Nov 2018

 

Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Phone: 1300 917 769      

Murelax

Oxazepam 30mg tablet blister pack

30 Nov 2018

 

Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Phone: 1300 917 769      

Bupivacaine hydrochloride 0.5% (100mg/20mL) injection BP vial

1 Feb 2019

Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 02 9850 3333      

Diflucan

Fluconazole 200mg/100mL injection vial

30 Sep 2018

 

Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 1800 675 229      

Tofranil 25

Imipramine hydrochloride 25mg tablet blister pack

30 Sep 2018

 

Amdipharm Mercury Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 02 9431 6333      

Tofranil 10

Imipramine hydrochloride 10mg tablet blister pack

30 Sep 2018

 

Amdipharm Mercury Australia Pty Ltd

Phone: 02 9431 6333      

 

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