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
METFORMIN ARW 500 metformin hydrochloride 500 mg film-coated tablet bottle
AUST R: 192236
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd

Phone:
1300 927 769

Deletion from market:
31 Jan 2021

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Other

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

Deletion from market:
15 Jun 2020

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Commercial Changes

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
16 Apr 2020
to
30 Jun 2021

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Manufacturing

GLUCOVANCE 250/1.25 metformin hydrochloride 250 mg and glibenclamide 1.25 mg tablet blister pack
AUST R: 96725
Active ingredients:
glibenclamide
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 274 276

Deletion from market:
11 Jun 2020

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Other

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
26 Mar 2021
to
26 Mar 2021

Status:
Resolved

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Manufacturing

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
16 Dec 2020
to
29 Jan 2021

Status:
Resolved

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Other

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

Sponsor:
Pharmacor Pty Ltd

Phone:
1300 1380 805

From
28 Jan 2021
to
30 Jun 2021

Status:
Current

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Unavailable

Reason:
Manufacturing

PHARMACOR METFORMIN XR 1000 metformin hydrochloride 1000 mg extended release tablet blister pack
AUST R: 324038
Active ingredients:
metformin hydrochloride

Sponsor:
Pharmacor Pty Ltd

Phone:
1300 138 805

From
28 Jan 2021
to
30 Apr 2021

Status:
Resolved

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Manufacturing

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
23 Mar 2021
to
08 Apr 2021

Status:
Resolved

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Other

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

Sponsor:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800 274 276

From
18 Feb 2021
to
05 Mar 2021

Status:
Resolved

Patient impact:
Low

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Other