bupivacaine hydrochloride - 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 Dose form Sponsor Shortage dates Shortage details
MARCAIN 0.25% bupivacaine hydrochloride (as monohydrate) 50mg/20mL injection ampoule
AUST R: 48380
Active ingredients:
bupivacaine hydrochloride
Injection, solution Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd
Phone: 0284368300

From
01 Feb 2018
to
31 Mar 2019

Shortage status:
Current

Reason:
Manufacturing

MARCAIN 0.5% bupivacaine hydrochloride (as monohydrate) 50mg/10mL injection ampoule
AUST R: 11937
Active ingredients:
bupivacaine hydrochloride
Injection, solution Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd
Phone: 0284368300

From
16 May 2018
to
31 Mar 2019

Shortage status:
Current

Reason:
Manufacturing

MARCAIN 0.5%w/v bupivacaine hydrochloride (as monohydrate) 100mg/20 mL injection ampoule
AUST R: 48328
Active ingredients:
bupivacaine hydrochloride
Injection, solution Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd
Phone: 0284368300

From
06 Mar 2018
to
27 Jul 2018

Shortage status:
Resolved

Reason:
Manufacturing

Pfizer (Perth) BUPIVICAINE HYDROCHLORIDE 0.25% (50mg/20mL) injection BP vial
AUST R: 11314
Active ingredients:
bupivacaine hydrochloride
Injection, solution Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
Phone: 02 9850 3333

From
01 Jun 2018
to
30 Jun 2019

Shortage status:
Current

Reason:
Other

Pfizer (Perth) BUPIVACAINE HYDROCHLORIDE 0.5% (100mg/20mL) injection BP vial
AUST R: 12725
Active ingredients:
bupivacaine hydrochloride
Injection, solution Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd
Phone: 02 9850 3333

From
01 Jun 2018
to
30 Jun 2019

Shortage status:
Current

Reason:
Other