paracetamol - medicine shortage information

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Product details Supply Impact Dates Further Details
PARACETAMOL KABI paracetamol 1000mg/100mL solution for injection in freeflex bag
AUST R: 218687
Active ingredients:
paracetamol

Dosage form:
Injection, solution

Sponsor:
Fresenius Kabi Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
0293915555

From
20 Feb 2024
to
15 May 2024

Shortage status:
Current

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Unexpected increase in consumer demand

Management action:
The sponsor is closely controlling the supply. An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. The approval holder, Medsurge Pty Ltd, can be contacted for details on supply on 1300 788 261 or sales@medsurge.com.au

PARACETAMOL KABI paracetamol 1000mg/100mL solution for injection vial
AUST R: 203624
Active ingredients:
paracetamol

Dosage form:
Injection, solution

Sponsor:
Fresenius Kabi Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
0293915555

From
01 Mar 2024
to
31 May 2024

Shortage status:
Anticipated

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Unexpected increase in consumer demand

Management action:
The sponsor is closely controlling the supply. An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. The approval holder, Medsurge Pty Ltd, can be contacted for details on supply on 1300 788 261 or sales@medsurge.com.au

PARAPANE OSTEO paracetamol 665 mg modified release tablet bottle
AUST R: 376686
Active ingredients:
paracetamol

Dosage form:
Tablet, modified release

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800274276

From
17 Jan 2024
to
05 Mar 2024

Shortage status:
Current

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Transport / Logistic issues / Storage capacity issues

Management action:
Alternative generic products are available.

MEVADOL FORTE paracetamol 450 mg/codeine phosphate hemihydrate 30 mg/doxylamine succinate 5 mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 310164
Active ingredients:
codeine phosphate hemihydrate
doxylamine succinate
paracetamol

Dosage form:
Tablet, uncoated

Sponsor:
Apotex Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800195055

From
20 Oct 2023
to
12 Apr 2024

Shortage status:
Current

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Manufacturing

Management action:
Alternative generic brands are available.

B. BRAUN PARACETAMOL paracetamol 1000 mg/100 mL solution for infusion bottle
AUST R: 275359
Active ingredients:
paracetamol

Dosage form:
Injection

Sponsor:
B Braun Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
+61407660243

From
03 Nov 2023
to
30 Mar 2024

Shortage status:
Current

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Unexpected increase in demand due to other sponsors unable to supply

Management action:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. The approval holder, Medsurge Pty Ltd, can be contacted for details on supply on 1300 788 261 or sales@medsurge.com.au

CIPLA PAIN RELIEF PARACETAMOL + CODEINE 15, paracetamol 500mg + codeine phosphate hemihydrate 15mg tablets blister pack
AUST R: 188893
Active ingredients:
codeine phosphate hemihydrate
paracetamol

Dosage form:
Tablet, uncoated

Sponsor:
Cipla Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
0396964413

Deletion from market:
13 Dec 2023

Shortage status:
Discontinued

Availability:
Reduction in supply until supply is exhausted

Reason:
Commercial Changes / Commercial viability

CIPLA PAIN RELIEF PARACETAMOL + CODEINE with CALMATIVE tablet blister pack
AUST R: 140610
Active ingredients:
codeine phosphate hemihydrate
doxylamine succinate
paracetamol

Dosage form:
Tablet, uncoated

Sponsor:
Cipla Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
0396964413

Deletion from market:
31 May 2024

Shortage status:
To be discontinued

Availability:
Reduction in supply until supply is exhausted

Reason:
Commercial Changes / Commercial viability

Management action:
Alternative generic products are available.

PAINSTOP DAY-TIME PAIN RELIEVER oral liquid bottle (reformulation)
AUST R: 131721
Active ingredients:
codeine phosphate hemihydrate
paracetamol

Dosage form:
Oral Liquid

Sponsor:
Care Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800788870

Deletion from market:
30 Apr 2024

Shortage status:
To be discontinued

Availability:
Reduction in supply until supply is exhausted

Reason:
Commercial Changes / Commercial viability