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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Succimer

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

AUST R: 14326

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 31 May 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 08-01-2019


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 Sep 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 08-01-2019


Phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride

DIBENYLINE phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride 10mg capsule jar

AUST R: 12980

Capsule, hard

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


glyceryl trinitrate

ANGININE glyceryl trinitrate 600microgram tablet bottle

AUST R: 227783

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 18 Sep 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-01-2019


glyceryl trinitrate

LYCINATE glyceryl trinitrate 600microgram tablet bottle

AUST R: 227784

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 18 Sep 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-01-2019


piperacillin sodium

tazobactam sodium

PIPERTAZ SANDOZ 4 g/ 0.5 g piperacillin (as sodium) 4g and tazobactam (as sodium) 0.5 g powder for injection bottle

AUST R: 140840

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2018

Updated: 02-01-2019


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: 30 Sep 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate

DANTRIUM dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate 25mg capsule bottle

AUST R: 42975

Capsule

Expected supply: 20 Apr 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate

DANTRIUM dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate 50mg capsule bottle

AUST R: 42976

Capsule

Expected supply: 20 Apr 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


bupivacaine hydrochloride

Pfizer (Perth) BUPIVICAINE HYDROCHLORIDE 0.25% (50mg/20mL) injection BP vial

AUST R: 11314

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


bupivacaine hydrochloride

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

AUST R: 12725

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


aztreonam

AZACTAM aztreonam 1g powder for injection vial

AUST R: 14032

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


periciazine

NEULACTIL periciazine 2.5mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 27524

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 01 Jul 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


periciazine

NEULACTIL periciazine 10mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 27523

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 01 Jul 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


Sodium nitroprusside

DBL SODIUM NITROPRUSSIDE CONCENTRATED INJECTION sodium nitroprusside 25 mg/mL concentrated injection vial

AUST R: 177111

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Oct 2018

Updated: 02-01-2019


Ergometrine maleate

DBL ERGOMETRINE INJECTION Ergometrine maleate injection ampoule

AUST R: 58866

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2018

Updated: 02-01-2019


Fentanyl citrate

Fentanyl GH Solution for Injection 100 microgram/2 mL ampoule

AUST R: 201872

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2018

Availability: Available

Updated: 10-01-2019


aciclovir

ZOVIRAX ophthalmic aciclovir 30mg/g ointment tube

AUST R: 11013

Eye Ointment

Expected supply: Unknown

Updated: 02-01-2019


Fentanyl citrate

ASPEN FENTANYL fentanyl (as citrate) 100 microgram/2 mL solution for injection

AUST R: 170929

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 08 Feb 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-01-2019


Fentanyl citrate

ASPEN FENTANYL fentanyl (as citrate) 500 microgram/10 mL solution for injection

AUST R: 170931

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 08 Feb 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-01-2019


Phenytoin

DILANTIN PAEDIATRIC SUSPENSION phenytoin 30mg/5mL oral liquid bottle

AUST R: 14309

Oral Liquid, suspension

Expected supply: 31 Jan 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 11-01-2019


nepafenac

ILEVRO nepafenac 0.3% eye drops, suspension, bottle

AUST R: 230200

Eye Drops, suspension

Expected supply: 28 Feb 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


reboxetine mesilate

EDRONAX reboxetine 4mg (as mesilate) tablet blister pack

AUST R: 79745

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 10 Dec 2018

Updated: 02-01-2019


fomepizole

ANTIZOL fomepizole 1.5g/1.5mL concentrated injection vial

AUST R: 263913

Injection

Expected supply: 31 Jan 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


Sildenafil citrate

REVATIO sildenafil citrate 10 mg/12.5 mL solution for injection vial

AUST R: 171474

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 02 Dec 2018

Updated: 02-01-2019


Nimodipine

NIMOTOP nimodipine 10mg/50mL injection vial

AUST R: 43101

Injection, intravenous infusion

Expected supply: 30 Nov 2018

Updated: 02-01-2019


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 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


Pilocarpine nitrate

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

AUST R: 32280

Eye Drops, solution

Expected supply: 28 Feb 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


Fentanyl citrate

Fentanyl GH Solution for Injection 500 microgram/10 mL ampoule

AUST R: 201871

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 28 Feb 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


Nimodipine

NIMOTOP nimodipine 30mg tablets blister pack

AUST R: 43100

Tablet, film coated

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 08-01-2019


Heparin sodium

HEPARIN SODIUM 25000IU/5mL (porcine mucous) injection ampoule

AUST R: 49236

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 28 Feb 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


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: 30 Apr 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 14-01-2019


Clarithromycin

KLACID clarithromycin 250mg/5mL powder for oral liquid bottle

AUST R: 56729

Oral Liquid, powder for

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 16-01-2019


Praziquantel

BILTRICIDE Praziquantel 600mg Tablet bottle

AUST R: 18845

Tablet, film coated

Expected supply: 06 May 2019

Updated: 02-01-2019


Phenytoin sodium

DILANTIN phenytoin sodium 30 mg capsule bottle

AUST R: 295264

Capsule, hard

Expected supply: 01 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 21-01-2019


Hydralazine hydrochloride

ALPHAPRESS 25 hydralazine hydrochloride 25mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 17575

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 21-01-2019


Misoprostol

CYTOTEC Misoprostol 200 microgram tablet blister pack

AUST R: 63983

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 28 Feb 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 15-01-2019


Mianserin hydrochloride

LUMIN 10 Mianserin hydrochloride 10mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 55272

Tablet, film coated

Expected supply: 05 Feb 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 14-01-2019


Medroxyprogesterone acetate

PROVERA medroxyprogesterone acetate 100mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 12331

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 11 Mar 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 09-01-2019


Spironolactone

SPIRACTIN 25 spironolactone 25mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 46689

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 15 Feb 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 11-01-2019


Metronidazole

METRONIDAZOLE BAXTER metronidazole 500mg/100mL solution for injection bag

AUST R: 165164

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 15 Feb 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-01-2019


Metronidazole

METRONIDAZOLE-CLARIS metronidazole 500mg/100mL solution for injection vial

AUST R: 165161

Injection, solution

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-01-2019


bleomycin sulfate

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

AUST R: 220440

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 11-01-2019


carbidopa monohydrate

Levodopa

SINEMET CR levodopa/carbidopa 200mg/50mg modified release tablet bottle

AUST R: 171694

Tablet, modified release

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2019

Availability: Emergency Supply Only

Updated: 17-01-2019


Rivastigmine

RIVASTIGMELON PATCH 5 rivastigmine 4.6 mg/24 hours transdermal drug delivery system sachet

AUST R: 233745

Drug delivery system, transdermal

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 10-01-2019


Rivastigmine

RIVASTIGMELON PATCH 10 rivastigmine 9.5 mg/24 hours transdermal drug delivery system sachet

AUST R: 233735

Drug delivery system, transdermal

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-01-2019


ampicillin

AUSTRAPEN ampicillin 1g (as sodium) powder for injection vial

AUST R: 29354

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 01 Jul 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 11-01-2019


Flucytosine

ANCOTIL flucytosine 2.5g/250mL injection bottle

AUST R: 13705

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 08 Feb 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 15-01-2019


morphine hydrochloride trihydrate

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

AUST R: 224246

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 29 Jan 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 16-01-2019


Iron polymaltose

FERROSIG INJECTION iron 100mg/2mL (as polymaltose) injection ampoule

AUST R: 82435

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 16 Oct 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 17-01-2019


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Further information

Click here for guidance documents and other resources , including Questions and Answers (with sections for consumers, health professionals and industry) and previously published alerts.

If you need further assistance, contact our Medicine Shortages Section via:

URL: http://apps.tga.gov.au/prod/MSI/search/