metformin 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 details Supply Impact Dates Further Details
METEX XR metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 232661
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Phone:
1300 927 769

From
08 Oct 2018
to
15 Aug 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

METEX XR metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 232645
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Phone:
1300 927 769

From
08 Oct 2018
to
28 Mar 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

DIABEX metformin hydrochloride 500 mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 40806
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 274 276

From
23 Nov 2018
to
30 Apr 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

DIABEX XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000mg extended release tablet blister pack.
AUST R: 153699
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 274 276

From
11 Mar 2019
to
31 Aug 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

DIAFORMIN 500 metformin hydrochloride 500mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 73806
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 274 276

From
21 Dec 2018
to
27 Feb 2019

Status:
Resolved

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

DIAFORMIN XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000mg extended release tablet blister pack.
AUST R: 208441
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 274 276

From
11 Mar 2019
to
31 Aug 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

DIAFORMIN XR metformin hydrochloride 500mg extended release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 120868
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 274 276

From
26 Feb 2019
to
30 Aug 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

METFORMIN XR 500 APOTEX metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet bottle
AUST R: 197407
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Apotex Pty Ltd

Phone:
02 8877 8333

From
14 Nov 2018
to
30 Jun 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

Related information:

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

BLOOMS THE CHEMIST METFORMIN XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 278176
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Apotex Pty Ltd

Phone:
02 8877 8333

From
14 Nov 2018
to
31 May 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

Related information:

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

APO-METFORMIN XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 281211
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Apotex Pty Ltd

Phone:
02 8877 8333

From
14 Nov 2018
to
31 May 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

Related information:

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

BLOOMS THE CHEMIST METFORMIN XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 278175
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Apotex Pty Ltd

Phone:
02 8877 8333

From
14 Nov 2018
to
31 Aug 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

Related information:

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

APO-METFORMIN XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg modified release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 281210
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Apotex Pty Ltd

Phone:
02 8877 8333

From
14 Nov 2018
to
30 Apr 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

Related information:

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

FORMET 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000mg tablet bottle
AUST R: 91112
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Phone:
1300 927 769

From
01 Nov 2018
to
15 May 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Low

Reason:
Other

DIAFORMIN 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 82207
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800274276

From
29 Mar 2019
to
30 Apr 2019

Status:
Anticipated

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Other

DIABEX XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500mg extended release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 98982
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800274276

From
20 Feb 2019
to
31 Aug 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Unexpected Increase in Demand

TGA Management Actions:
An unregistered product has been approved for supply under Section 19A. See the website: https://www.tga.gov.au/ws-s19a-index and search for the active ingredient.

AVANDAMET rosiglitazone 2mg / metformin 1000mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 115430
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride
rosiglitazone maleate

Sponsor:
GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 033 109

Deletion from market:
22 Mar 2019

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Commercial Changes

FORMET 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 91113
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Phone:
1300 927 769

From
22 Feb 2019
to
15 May 2019

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Manufacturing

AVANDAMET 2/500 tablet blister pack
AUST R: 114516
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride
rosiglitazone maleate

Sponsor:
GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 033 109

Deletion from market:
22 Mar 2019

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Commercial Changes

AVANDAMET rosiglitazone 4mg / metformin 1000mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 115459
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride
rosiglitazone maleate

Sponsor:
GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 033 109

Deletion from market:
22 Mar 2019

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Commercial Changes

AVANDAMET 4/500 tablet blister pack
AUST R: 114517
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride
rosiglitazone maleate

Sponsor:
GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 033 109

Deletion from market:
22 Mar 2019

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Commercial Changes