Medicine Shortages Information Initiative

Critical medicine shortages and other information

This webpage provides information about shortages of reportable medicines in Australia, including those arising from the discontinuation of products. Improved monitoring and communication will assist patients to be aware of a shortage and to obtain timely advice and support from a health professional. In some situations, they may be able to recommend alternative treatments.

On this page: Further Information | Browse CRITICAL shortages

From January 2019, sponsors are required to report all shortages of reportable medicines. The TGA then mandatorily publishes information about all shortages that have a critical patient impact (see Browse CRITICAL shortages below). Information about medium or low impact shortages may also be published where the sponsors agree to it or if the TGA determines that it is in the interest of public health (to view choose ‘display ALL medicines shortages’ below).

This information is based on details provided in the notifications submitted by sponsors. Any additional shortage management actions taken by the TGA will be identified as such.

It is important to note that sometimes disruptions to supply cannot be avoided. The problem of medicine shortages is not unique to Australia. Mandatory reporting of medicine shortages will not prevent these disruptions.

Please note, while a medicine may be in shortage, supply may not be completely exhausted and it may still be available from your pharmacy. If you have any questions or concerns about supply, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.


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adrenaline (epinephrine)

MIN-I-JET ADRENALINE 1:10000 1mg/10mL injection pre-filled syringe

AUST R: 213983

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 31 Aug 2025

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 05-02-2020


succimer

RADPHARM DMSA kit for the production of Technetium (99mTc) succimer powder for injection multidose vial

AUST R: 14326

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 01 Nov 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 20-07-2020


fytic acid

calcium chloride dihydrate

potassium hydrogen phthalate

RADPHARM COLLOID kit for the preparation of Technetium(99mTc) calcium phytate injection composite pack

AUST R: 14332

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 06-01-2020


phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride

DIBENYLINE phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride 10mg capsule jar

AUST R: 12980

Capsule, hard

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 29-04-2020


glyceryl trinitrate

ANGININE glyceryl trinitrate 600microgram tablet bottle

AUST R: 227783

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 24-04-2020


disofenin

stannous chloride dihydrate

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

AUST R: 19146

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 28-01-2020


dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate

DANTRIUM dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate 25mg capsule bottle

AUST R: 42975

Capsule

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 20-02-2020


dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate

DANTRIUM dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate 50mg capsule bottle

AUST R: 42976

Capsule

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 20-02-2020


bupivacaine hydrochloride monohydrate

Pfizer (Australia) BUPIVACAINE HYDROCHLORIDE 0.25% (50mg/20mL) injection BP vial

AUST R: 11314

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 23 Apr 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 27-01-2021


bupivacaine hydrochloride monohydrate

Pfizer (Australia) BUPIVACAINE HYDROCHLORIDE 0.5% (100mg/20mL) injection BP vial

AUST R: 12725

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 23 Apr 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 02-02-2021


fomepizole

ANTIZOL fomepizole 1.5g/1.5mL concentrated injection vial

AUST R: 263913

Injection

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2021

Availability: Emergency Supply Only

Updated: 23-03-2021


Mycobacterium bovis (Bacillus Calmette and Guerin (BCG) strain)

ONCOTICE BCG 5 hundred million CFU powder for injection vial

AUST R: 59912

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 25-06-2020


piperacillin sodium

tazobactam sodium

TAZOPIP 4 g/0.5 g piperacillin (as sodium) 4 g and tazobactam (as sodium) 0.5 g powder for injection vial

AUST R: 144970

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 05 Mar 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 05-03-2021


bleomycin sulfate

CIPLA BLEOMYCIN 15K bleomycin sulfate 15000 IU powder for injection vial

AUST R: 220440

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 22-09-2020


amifostine

ETHYOL Amifostine (as trihydrate) 500mg powder for injection vial

AUST R: 63789

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 03-12-2020


sulfamethoxazole

trimethoprim

DBL SULFAMETHOXAZOLE 400 mg AND TRIMETHOPRIM 80 mg CONCENTRATE INJECTION BP 5mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 16293

Injection, concentrated

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 03-04-2020


pindolol

BARBLOC 5 pindolol 5mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 17589

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-09-2020


iobenguane (123I) sulfate

MIBGEN iobenguane[123I] sulfate 100MBq/mL injection vial

AUST R: 101670

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 24-12-2020


dibasic sodium phosphate

monobasic sodium phosphate monohydrate

DIACOL sodium phosphate 1.5g tablet bottle

AUST R: 149914

Tablet, film coated

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 14-08-2019


Rabies virus

MERIEUX INACTIVATED RABIES VACCINE 2.5IU powder for injection vial with diluent syringe

AUST R: 26675

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 12-02-2021


rabies immunoglobulin

IMOGAM RABIES PASTEURIZED human rabies immunoglobulin 150 IU/mL injection vial

AUST R: 72931

Injection

Expected supply: 01 Jan 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 21-10-2020


ranitidine hydrochloride

Suspended from ARTG - ZANTAC ranitidine 150mg/10mL (as hydrochloride) oral liquid bottle

AUST R: 35188

Oral Liquid

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 05-01-2021


adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate

ADRENALINE-LINK 1:10,000 1mg/10mL adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate injection BP ampoule

AUST R: 119194

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 18 Jan 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 18-01-2021


tetracosactide (tetracosactrin)

SYNACTHEN DEPOT tetracosactide (tetracosactrin) zinc complex 1mg/1m L injection ampoule

AUST R: 11060

Injection, modified release

Expected supply: 01 Jun 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 01-02-2021


gentamicin

DBL GENTAMICIN 10mg/1mL (as sulfate) injection ampoule

AUST R: 16339

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 25 Jun 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 18-01-2021


sodium bicarbonate

Pfizer (Australia) SODIUM BICARBONATE 8.4% (8.4g/100mL) injection BP vial

AUST R: 10801

Injection, intravenous infusion

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 26-06-2020


aciclovir

Pfizer (Australia) ACICLOVIR INTRAVENOUS INFUSION aciclovir 250mg/10mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 66116

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2022

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 18-08-2020


verteporfin

VISUDYNE verteporfin 15mg powder for injection vial

AUST R: 74902

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Available

Updated: 03-01-2020


sulfasalazine

SALAZOPYRIN EN-TABS Sulfasalazine 500mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 14485

Tablet, enteric coated

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 11-03-2021


sodium chloride

ASTRAZENECA SODIUM CHLORIDE 20% 2g/10mL injection BP ampoule

AUST R: 11983

Injection, concentrated

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Available

Updated: 28-01-2020


cefepime

CEFEPIME ALPHAPHARM cefepime (as hydrochloride) 1g powder for injection vial

AUST R: 161029

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 11-02-2020


cefepime

CEFEPIME ALPHAPHARM cefepime (as hydrochloride) 2g powder for injection vial

AUST R: 161030

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 11-02-2020


piperacillin sodium

tazobactam sodium

TAZOCIN EF 4g/500mg powder for injection vial

AUST R: 132525

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 25-11-2020


imipramine hydrochloride

TOFRANIL 25 imipramine hydrochloride 25mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 60673

Tablet, sugar coated

Expected supply: 31 May 2021

Availability: Emergency Supply Only

Updated: 01-02-2021


bupivacaine hydrochloride

MARCAIN 0.125% EPIDURAL INFUSION bupivacaine hydrochloride (as monohydrate) 250mg/200mL injection bag

AUST R: 48374

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 26-11-2020


fentanyl citrate

ropivacaine hydrochloride

NAROPIN 0.2% WITH FENTANYL 200 microgram/100mL ropivacaine hydrochloride 2mg/mL and fentanyl 2 microgram/mL (as citrate) 100mL injection bag

AUST R: 72874

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 08-02-2021


atracurium besilate

DBL ATRACURIUM BESYLATE 50mg/5mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 57993

Injection

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 18-03-2021


fentanyl citrate

ropivacaine hydrochloride

NAROPIN 0.2% WITH FENTANYL 400 microgram/200mL ropivacaine hydrochloride 2 mg/mL and fentanyl 2 microgram/mL (as citrate) 200mL injection bag

AUST R: 72873

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 26-11-2020


cisatracurium besilate

NIMBEX cisatracurium (as besilate) 150mg/30mL injection vial

AUST R: 55934

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 20 Nov 2020

Availability: Available

Updated: 08-02-2021


carbimazole

NEO-MERCAZOLE carbimazole 5mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 194296

Tablet, multilayer

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 18-03-2021


tranylcypromine sulfate

PARNATE tranylcypromine (as sulphate) 10mg film coated tablet blister pack

AUST R: 174086

Tablet, film coated

Expected supply: 15 Feb 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 17-02-2021


epirubicin hydrochloride

EPIRUBICIN ACCORD epirubicin hydrochloride 200mg/100mL concentrated injection vial

AUST R: 227997

Injection, concentrated

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 27-11-2020


procaine benzylpenicillin (procaine penicillin)

CILICAINE SYRINGE 1.5 procaine benzylpenicillin (procaine penicillin) 1.5g injection syringe

AUST R: 288818

Injection, suspension

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 04-02-2021


fentanyl citrate

ropivacaine hydrochloride

NAROPIN 0.2% WITH FENTANYL 400 microgram/100mL ropivacaine hydrochloride 2 mg/mL and fentanyl 4 microgram/mL (as citrate) 100ml injection bag

AUST R: 72876

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 26-11-2020


fentanyl citrate

ropivacaine hydrochloride

NAROPIN 0.2% WITH FENTANYL 800 microgram/200mL ropivacaine hydrochloride 2 mg/mL and fentanyl 4 microgram/mL (as citrate) 200mL injection bag

AUST R: 72875

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 26-11-2020


bupivacaine hydrochloride

MARCAIN 0.25% EPIDURAL INFUSION bupivacaine hydrochloride (as monohydrate) 250mg/100mL injection bag

AUST R: 11953

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 26-11-2020


cisatracurium besilate

CISATRACURIUM JUNO Cisatracurium besilate 5mg/2.5mL Solution for Injection ampoule

AUST R: 226854

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 01 Apr 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 27-01-2021


cisatracurium besilate

CISATRACURIUM JUNO cisatracurium (as besilate) 10mg/5mL Solution for Injection ampoule

AUST R: 226857

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 01 Apr 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 27-01-2021


cisatracurium besilate

CISATRACURIUM JUNO cisatracurium (as besilate) 150mg/30mL Solution for Injection vial

AUST R: 226859

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 01 Apr 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 27-01-2021


flucytosine

ANCOTIL flucytosine 2.5g/250mL injection bottle

AUST R: 13705

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 18-12-2020


clonidine hydrochloride

CATAPRES 100 clonidine hydrochloride 100 microgram tablet blister pack

AUST R: 17921

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 18 Mar 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 06-04-2021


ergometrine maleate

DBL ERGOMETRINE INJECTION Ergometrine maleate injection ampoule

AUST R: 58866

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 18 Jun 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 27-01-2021


glyceryl trinitrate

DBL GLYCERYL TRINITRATE CONCENTRATE INJECTION 50mg/10mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 16341

Injection, concentrated

Expected supply: 14 Apr 2021

Availability: Emergency Supply Only

Updated: 29-03-2021


Coxiella burnetii

Q-VAX SKIN TEST (Inactivated C. burnetii for Pre-Q-Vax Vaccination Screening) injection vial

AUST R: 100518

Injection

Expected supply: 29 Jan 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 01-02-2021


hydralazine hydrochloride

HYDRALAZINE LINK hydralazine hydrochloride 20 mg/1 mL solution for injection vial

AUST R: 272644

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 24-02-2021


arginine hydrochloride

ARGININE HYDROCHLORIDE 60% INJECTION (15g/25mL) vial

AUST R: 22934

Injection, intravenous infusion

Expected supply: 03 May 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 18-03-2021


adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate

ADRENALINE-LINK 1:1,000 1mg/1mL adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate injection BP ampoule

AUST R: 12048

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 15 Jul 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 18-03-2021


morphine hydrochloride trihydrate

MORPHINE JUNO morphine hydrochloride trihydrate 10 mg/1 mL solution for injection ampoule

AUST R: 224246

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 01 May 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 23-02-2021


vancomycin hydrochloride

VANCOMYCIN ALPHAPHARM 500 mg (as hydrochloride) powder for injection vial

AUST R: 153438

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 12 Mar 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 22-01-2021


vancomycin hydrochloride

VANCOMYCIN ALPHAPHARM 1 g (as hydrochloride) powder for injection vial

AUST R: 153439

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 22 Jan 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 22-01-2021


human chorionic gonadotrophin

PREGNYL gonadotrophin - chorionic human 1500IU powder for injection vial with diluent vial

AUST R: 273873

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 12-01-2021


human chorionic gonadotrophin

PREGNYL gonadotrophin - chorionic human 5000IU powder for injection vial with diluent vial

AUST R: 273874

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 12-01-2021


voriconazole

VORICONAZOLE WOCKHARDT voriconazole 200 mg powder for injection vial

AUST R: 267013

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 01 Aug 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 09-03-2021


monobasic potassium phosphate

DBL POTASSIUM DIHYDROGEN PHOSPHATE CONCENTRATED INJECTION potassium phosphate - monobasic 1.361g/10mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 16263

Injection, concentrated

Expected supply: 19 Apr 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 19-01-2021


mifepristone

misoprostol

MS-2 Step composite pack [MIFEPRISTONE LINEPHARMA 200 MG TABLET mifepristone 200 mg tablet blister; GyMiso misoprostol 200 microgram tablet blister]

AUST R: 210574

Tablet

Expected supply: 03 Feb 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 12-02-2021


voriconazole

VORCON voriconazole 200 mg powder for injection vial

AUST R: 235933

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 06 Dec 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 06-04-2021


naloxone hydrochloride dihydrate

JUNALOX naloxone hydrochloride (as dihydrate) 400 micrograms/1 mL solution for injection, ampoule

AUST R: 236004

Injection, solution

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Available

Updated: 08-02-2021


phenoxymethylpenicillin potassium

CILICAINE VK phenoxymethylpenicillin (as potassium) 500mg capsule blister pack

AUST R: 55675

Capsule, hard

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 02-02-2021


tetracosactide (tetracosactrin)

SYNACTHEN tetracosactide (tetracosactrin) 0.25mg/1mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 11058

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 26 Apr 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 09-04-2021


potassium chloride

SPAN K potassium chloride 600 mg tablet bottle (new formulation)

AUST R: 328843

Tablet, modified release

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 09-04-2021


methylphenidate hydrochloride

RITALIN 10 methylphenidate hydrochloride 10mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 11052

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 01 Mar 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 02-03-2021


methylphenidate hydrochloride

ARTIGE methylphenidate hydrochloride 10mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 117306

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 01 Mar 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 02-03-2021


voriconazole

ZOLFEND voriconazole 200 mg powder for injection vial

AUST R: 238265

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Available

Updated: 24-02-2021


voriconazole

VORICONAZOLE APOTEX voriconazole 200 mg powder for injection vial

AUST R: 265660

Solution, powder for

Expected supply: 12 Nov 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 23-03-2021


sodium iodide(131I)

AUSTRALIAN RADIOISOTOPES Sodium Iodide (I-131) 50 - 6000MBq Therapy Capsule vial

AUST R: 22808

Capsule, hard

Expected supply: 17 May 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 25-02-2021


sodium iodide(131I)

Sodium iodide(131I) 2000MBq/mL Therapy Solution oral liquid BP vial

AUST R: 48267

Oral Liquid, solution

Expected supply: 19 Apr 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 24-03-2021


sodium iodide(131I)

Sodium iodide(131I) 200MBq/mL Therapy Solution oral liquid BP vial

AUST R: 22807

Oral Liquid, solution

Expected supply: 19 Apr 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 24-03-2021


oxycodone hydrochloride

OXYCODONE SANDOZ oxycodone hydrochloride 20 mg modified release tablet blister pack

AUST R: 153615

Tablet, modified release

Expected supply: 21 May 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 01-03-2021


warfarin sodium

MAREVAN warfarin sodium 5mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 12514

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 14 Apr 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 06-04-2021


atenolol

Atenolol-AFT atenolol 50 mg/10 mL oral solution bottle

AUST R: 184745

Oral Liquid, solution

Expected supply: 30 Jul 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 11-03-2021


propofol

FRESOFOL 1% MCT/LCT propofol 200mg/20mL emulsion for intravenous injection/infusion ampoule

AUST R: 193608

Injection, emulsion

Expected supply: 03 May 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 08-04-2021


silver sulfadiazine

FLAMAZINE silver sulfadiazine 1.0% w/w cream tube

AUST R: 159342

Cream

Expected supply: 31 Jul 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 08-04-2021


normal immunoglobulin

FLEBOGAMMA 5% DIF normal immunoglobulin (Human) 5g/100mL intravenous use injection vial

AUST R: 143801

Injection, intravenous infusion

Expected supply: 12 Sep 2021

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 30-03-2021


acetylcholine chloride

mannitol

MIOCHOL-E acetylcholine chloride 20mg/2mL powder for solution for intraocular irrigation ampoule

AUST R: 118510

Solution, powder for irrigation

Expected supply: 30 Jul 2021

Availability: Available

Updated: 25-03-2021


normal immunoglobulin

FLEBOGAMMA 5% DIF normal immunoglobulin (Human) 10g/200mL intravenous use injection vial

AUST R: 143802

Injection, intravenous infusion

Expected supply: 11 Sep 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 30-03-2021


normal immunoglobulin

FLEBOGAMMA 5% DIF normal immunoglobulin (Human) 20g/400mL intravenous use injection vial

AUST R: 143803

Injection, intravenous infusion

Expected supply: 11 Sep 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 30-03-2021


chromium(51Cr) edetate

ANSTO Health Chromium (51Cr) Edetate 8MBq/mL injection BP vial

AUST R: 22779

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 29 Apr 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 31-03-2021


imipramine hydrochloride

TOFRANIL 10 imipramine hydrochloride 10mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 11064

Tablet, sugar coated

Expected supply: 31 Jul 2021

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 09-04-2021


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