metformin hydrochloride - medicine shortage information

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Product details Supply Impact Dates Further Details
DIAFORMIN XR metformin hydrochloride 500mg extended release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 120868
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Dosage form:
Tablet, modified release

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 274 276

From
16 Apr 2020
to
01 Jul 2024

Shortage status:
Current

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Manufacturing

Management action:
Alternative brands are available.

FORMET 500 metformin hydrochloride 500mg tablet bottle
AUST R: 91107
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Dosage form:
Tablet, film coated

Sponsor:
Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 195 055

From
26 Apr 2024
to
23 Aug 2024

Shortage status:
Current

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Transport / Logistic issues / Storage capacity issues

Management action:
Alternative generic products are available.

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

Dosage form:
Tablet, modified release

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800274276

From
11 Jan 2024
to
02 Aug 2024

Shortage status:
Current

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Manufacturing

Management action:
The sponsor is closely controlling the supply. Alternative generic products are available.

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

Dosage form:
Tablet, film coated

Sponsor:
Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800195055

From
28 Jun 2024
to
09 Aug 2024

Shortage status:
Anticipated

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Manufacturing

Management action:
The sponsor is working to expedite the next shipment. Alternative generic products are available.

METFORMIN GH metformin hydrochloride 500 mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 284971
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Dosage form:
Tablet, film coated

Sponsor:
Generic Health Pty Ltd

Phone:
03 9809 7900

From
10 Jan 2024
to
17 May 2024

Shortage status:
Resolved

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Manufacturing

METFORMIN SANDOZ metformin hydrochloride 850mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 125662
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Dosage form:
Tablet, film coated

Sponsor:
Sandoz Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 726 369

From
13 Oct 2023
to
28 Mar 2024

Shortage status:
Resolved

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Manufacturing

PHARMACOR METFORMIN XR 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg extended release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 324047
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Dosage form:
Tablet, modified release

Sponsor:
Pharmacor Pty Ltd

Phone:
1300138805

From
10 Apr 2024
to
26 Apr 2024

Shortage status:
Resolved

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Manufacturing

TIH-METFORMIN metformin hydrochloride 850 mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 335853
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Dosage form:
Tablet, film coated

Sponsor:
Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 195 055

Deletion from market:
17 May 2024

Shortage status:
Discontinued

Availability:
Reduction in supply until supply is exhausted

Reason:
Commercial Changes / Commercial viability

Management action:
This product will be replaced by an alternative product: APX-METFORMIN metformin hydrochloride 850 mg tablet blister pack [284953]