Heparin sodium - medicine shortage information

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If you are having difficulty obtaining a medicine that has been prescribed to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. In most cases your doctor and pharmacist will know about the possible substitute medicines to continue your care.

In some cases the Supply Detail section below will provide information about the special arrangements that are in place for your health professional to prescribe or supply a substitute medicine. These may include reference to Special Access Scheme or "Under section 19a"

Product details Supply Impact Dates Further Details
HEPARINISED SALINE 50IU/5mL (porcine mucous) injection ampoule
AUST R: 66684
Active ingredients:
Heparin sodium

Sponsor:
Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 675 229

From
02 Jun 2018
to
14 Oct 2018

Status:
Resolved

Patient impact:
Medium

Reason:
Manufacturing

Supply details:
Supply Of Substitute Medicine Approved Under Section 19A Of The Therapeutic Goods Act 1989

DBL HEPARIN SODIUM (porcine mucous) 5000IU/0.2mL injection BP ampoule
AUST R: 16349
Active ingredients:
Heparin sodium

Sponsor:
Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 675 229

From
21 Nov 2018
to
29 Apr 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Low

Reason:
Manufacturing

HEPARIN SODIUM 25000IU/5mL (porcine mucous) injection ampoule
AUST R: 49236
Active ingredients:
Heparin sodium

Sponsor:
Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 675 229

From
14 Feb 2019
to
28 Feb 2019

Status:
Anticipated

Patient impact:
Critical

Reason:
Manufacturing