Shortages update


New medicines shortages have been announced by the TGA, including several metformin products

Several metformin products are experiencing shortages due to unexpected increase in demand.

The majority of these expected to be resolved by late February.

Metformin products in current shortage are listed by the TGA as follows:

Product

Dose form

Sponsor

Shortage dates

METEX XR metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 232661
Active ingredients:
Metformin hydrochloride 

Tablet, modified release

Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd
Phone: 1300 927 769

From
08 Oct 2018
to
19 Dec 2018

METEX XR metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 232645
Active ingredients:
Metformin hydrochloride 

Tablet, modified release

Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd
Phone: 1300 927 769

From
08 Oct 2018
to
19 Dec 2018

METFORMIN XR 500 APOTEX metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet bottle
AUST R: 197407
Active ingredients:
Metformin hydrochloride 

Tablet, modified release

Apotex Pty Ltd
Phone: 02 8877 8333

From
14 Nov 2018
to
28 Feb 2019

BLOOMS THE CHEMIST METFORMIN XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 278176
Active ingredients:
Metformin hydrochloride 

Tablet, modified release

Apotex Pty Ltd
Phone: 02 8877 8333

From
14 Nov 2018
to
28 Feb 2019

APO-METFORMIN XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 281211
Active ingredients:
Metformin hydrochloride 

Tablet, modified release

Apotex Pty Ltd
Phone: 02 8877 8333

From
14 Nov 2018
to
28 Feb 2019

BLOOMS THE CHEMIST METFORMIN XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 278175
Active ingredients:
Metformin hydrochloride 

Tablet, modified release

Apotex Pty Ltd
Phone: 02 8877 8333

From
14 Nov 2018
to
28 Feb 2019

APO-METFORMIN XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 281210
Active ingredients:
Metformin hydrochloride 

Tablet, modified release

Apotex Pty Ltd
Phone: 02 8877 8333

From
14 Nov 2018
to
28 Feb 2019

 

Other current long-term shortages (expected to last more than three months) include:

Sulfamethoxazole, Trimethoprim

SEPTRIN sugar-free oral liquid bottle

Expected supply: 15 Mar 2019

Remifentanil hydrochloride

ULTIVA Remifentanil (as hydrochloride) 1mg, 2mg and 5mg powder for injection vial

Expected supply: 01 Mar 2019

Nifedipine

ADALAT OROS 30 nifedipine 30mg modified release tablet blister pack

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2019

Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride

CIPROXIN 500 ciprofloxacin 500 mg (as hydrochloride) tablet blister pack

Expected supply: 19 Mar 2019

Salbutamol sulfate

SALBUTAMOL AN salbutamol (as sulfate) 5mg/2.5mL inhalation ampoules

Expected supply: 28 Jun 2019

Water for injections

WATER FOR INJECTIONS water for injections 10 mL ampoule

Expected supply: 31 Oct 2019

Sodium chloride

SODIUM CHLORIDE FOR INJECTION 0.9% w/v sodium chloride for injection 10 mL ampoule

Expected supply: 31 Oct 2019

Disofenin, Stannous chloride dihydrate

HEPATOLITE kit for production of Technetium(99mTc) disofenin powder for injection multidose vial

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2019

Mupirocin

BACTROBAN mupirocin 20mg/g ointment tube

Expected supply: 15 Feb 2019

Propranolol hydrochloride

Hemangiol-propranolol hydrochloride

Expected supply: 31 Oct 2019

Pilocarpine nitrate

MINIMS PILOCARPINE NITRATE 2% 20mg/mL eye drops tube

Expected supply: 28 Feb 2019

Erythromycin ethyl succinate

EES erythromycin 200mg/5mL (as ethyl succinate) granules for oral liquid bottle

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2019

Erythromycin ethyl succinate

EES erythromycin 400mg/5mL (as ethyl succinate) granules for oral liquid bottle

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2019

Nepafenac

ILEVRO nepafenac 0.3% eye drops, suspension, bottle

Expected supply: 28 Feb 2019

Nifedipine

ADALAT OROS 60 nifedipine 60mg modified release tablet blister pack

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2019

Estradiol

CLIMARA 25 estradiol 25 microgram/day transdermal drug delivery system sachet

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2019

Oxazepam

MURELAX Oxazepam 30mg tablet blister pack

Expected supply: 29 Nov 2019

Oxazepam

APO-OXAZEPAM oxazepam 30mg tablet blister pack

Expected supply: 29 Nov 2019

Tranexamic acid

CYKLOKAPRON tranexamic acid 1000mg/10mL solution for injection ampoule

Expected supply: 29 Apr 2019

Flumazenil

Flumazenil APOTEX flumazenil 0.5 mg/ 5 mL solution for injection ampoule

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2019

Pancuronium bromide

ASTRAZENECA PANCURONIUM BROMIDE 4mg/2mL injection BP ampoule

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2019

Azithromycin

DBL AZITHROMYCIN FOR INJECTION azithromycin (as monohydrate) 500mg powder for injection vial

Expected supply: 29 Sep 2019

Zoledronic acid monohydrate

APO-Zoledronic Acid 4mg/5mL concentrated injection vial

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2019

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