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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adrenaline (epinephrine)

MIN-I-JET ADRENALINE 1:10000 1mg/10mL injection pre-filled syringe

AUST R: 213983

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 31 Aug 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 13-02-2019


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 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 20-05-2019


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 Apr 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 30-04-2019


phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride

DIBENYLINE phenoxybenzamine hydrochloride 10mg capsule jar

AUST R: 12980

Capsule, hard

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2019

Updated: 30-01-2019


glyceryl trinitrate

ANGININE glyceryl trinitrate 600microgram tablet bottle

AUST R: 227783

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 18 Sep 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 29-01-2019


glyceryl trinitrate

LYCINATE glyceryl trinitrate 600microgram tablet bottle

AUST R: 227784

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 18 Sep 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 29-01-2019


isoprenaline hydrochloride

ISUPREL 1:5000 isoprenaline hydrochloride 1mg/5mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 198888

Injection, concentrated

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 06-03-2019


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: 30-01-2019


dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate

DANTRIUM dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate 25mg capsule bottle

AUST R: 42975

Capsule

Expected supply: 20 Apr 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 15-04-2019


dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate

DANTRIUM dantrolene sodium hemiheptahydrate 50mg capsule bottle

AUST R: 42976

Capsule

Expected supply: 20 Apr 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 15-04-2019


bupivacaine hydrochloride

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

AUST R: 11314

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 31 Jan 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-05-2019


bupivacaine hydrochloride

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

AUST R: 12725

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 31 Jan 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-05-2019


aztreonam

AZACTAM aztreonam 1g powder for injection vial

AUST R: 14032

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 04 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 04-04-2019


periciazine

NEULACTIL periciazine 2.5mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 27524

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 01 Jul 2019

Updated: 30-01-2019


periciazine

NEULACTIL periciazine 10mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 27523

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 01 Jul 2019

Updated: 30-01-2019


metronidazole

DBL METRONIDAZOLE INTRAVENOUS INFUSION metronidazole 500mg/100mL solution for injection bag

AUST R: 129476

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 29 Nov 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 10-05-2019


adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate

ADRENALINE-LINK 1:1,000 1mg/1mL adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate injection BP ampoule

AUST R: 12048

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 14 Jun 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 01-05-2019


aciclovir

ZOVIRAX ophthalmic aciclovir 30mg/g ointment tube

AUST R: 11013

Eye Ointment

Expected supply: Unknown

Updated: 30-01-2019


fentanyl citrate

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

AUST R: 170929

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 31 Jul 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 05-02-2019


fentanyl citrate

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

AUST R: 170931

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 31 Jul 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 05-02-2019


fomepizole

ANTIZOL fomepizole 1.5g/1.5mL concentrated injection vial

AUST R: 263913

Injection

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2019

Availability: Emergency Supply Only

Updated: 25-01-2019


potassium bicarbonate

potassium carbonate

potassium chloride

CHLORVESCENT potassium 14 mmol effervescent tablet tube (reformulation)

AUST R: 71981

Tablet, effervescent

Expected supply: 08 Mar 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 08-03-2019


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

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 30-01-2019


live varicella vaccine

Measles virus

Mumps virus

Rubella virus

PRIORIX-TETRA vaccine 0.5mL powder for injection vial with diluent syringe

AUST R: 107286

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 31 Oct 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 23-04-2019


pilocarpine nitrate

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

AUST R: 32280

Eye Drops, solution

Expected supply: 28 Feb 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 27-02-2019


heparin sodium

DBL HEPARIN SODIUM (porcine mucous) 5000IU/0.2mL injection BP ampoule

AUST R: 16349

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Jul 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 10-05-2019


morphine sulfate pentahydrate

DBL MORPHINE SULFATE 30mg/1mL injection BP ampoule

AUST R: 121755

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 07 Jun 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 02-04-2019


aciclovir

Pfizer (Perth) ACICLOVIR INTRAVENOUS INFUSION aciclovir 250mg/10mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 66116

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 31 May 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 14-05-2019


ciprofloxacin

CIPROXIN IV 200 ciprofloxacin 200mg/100mL (as lactate) injection vial

AUST R: 43099

Injection, intravenous infusion

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 27-02-2019


heparin sodium

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

AUST R: 49236

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 26 Feb 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 27-02-2019


cefepime

DBL CEFEPIME FOR INJECTION cefepime (as hydrochloride) 1g powder for injection vial

AUST R: 161397

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 29 Jun 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 29-03-2019


cefepime

DBL CEFEPIME FOR INJECTION cefepime (as hydrochloride) 2g powder for injection vial

AUST R: 161412

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 29 Jun 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 29-03-2019


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: 31 Dec 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 26-04-2019


phenytoin sodium

DILANTIN phenytoin sodium 30 mg capsule bottle

AUST R: 295264

Capsule, hard

Expected supply: 01 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 28-02-2019


medroxyprogesterone acetate

PROVERA medroxyprogesterone acetate 200mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 12333

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 04 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 08-03-2019


fentanyl citrate

DBL FENTANYL 100 microgram/2mL (as citrate) injection USP ampoule

AUST R: 107025

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 14-05-2019


hydralazine hydrochloride

ALPHAPRESS 25 hydralazine hydrochloride 25mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 17575

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 24-04-2019


medroxyprogesterone acetate

PROVERA medroxyprogesterone acetate 100mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 12331

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 11 Mar 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 08-03-2019


metronidazole

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

AUST R: 165161

Injection, solution

Expected supply: Unknown

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 06-03-2019


bleomycin sulfate

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

AUST R: 220440

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 30 Nov 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 16-04-2019


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: 20-02-2019


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


adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate

ADRENALINE-LINK 1:10,000 1mg/10mL adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate injection BP ampoule

AUST R: 119194

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 09 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 09-04-2019


haloperidol

SERENACE INJECTION haloperidol 5mg/mL ampoule 1mL

AUST R: 188367

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 11 Mar 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 11-03-2019


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


adrenaline (epinephrine)

ASPEN ADRENALINE adrenaline (epinephrine) 1mg/mL injection solution ampoule

AUST R: 131782

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 07 Mar 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 20-03-2019


ketamine hydrochloride

KETAMINE-BAXTER ketamine (as hydrochloride) 200 mg/2 mL solution for injection ampoule

AUST R: 219960

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 17 May 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 16-05-2019


adrenaline (epinephrine) acid tartrate

lidocaine (lignocaine) hydrochloride

XYLOCAINE 1% WITH ADRENALINE 1:100,000 5mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 12017

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 12 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 15-04-2019


hydralazine hydrochloride

ALPHAPRESS 50 hydralazine hydrochloride 50mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 60380

Tablet, film coated

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 24-04-2019


amifostine

ETHYOL Amifostine (as trihydrate) 500mg powder for injection vial

AUST R: 63789

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 31 Dec 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 13-02-2019


vancomycin

DBL VANCOMYCIN vancomycin (as hydrochloride) 500mg powder for injection vial

AUST R: 62603

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 31 May 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 15-05-2019


vancomycin

DBL VANCOMYCIN vancomycin (as hydrochloride) 1g powder for injection vial

AUST R: 62595

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 15 Mar 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 04-03-2019


atropine sulfate monohydrate

Pfizer (Perth) ATROPINE INJECTION BP atropine sulfate monohydrate 1.2 mg/1 mL injection BP ampoule

AUST R: 11303

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 10 Jun 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 22-03-2019


epirubicin hydrochloride

PHARMORUBICIN RD (RAPID DISSOLUTION) epirubicin hydrochloride 50mg powder for injection vial

AUST R: 40220

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 29 Nov 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 08-02-2019


pyridostigmine bromide

MESTINON pyridostigmine bromide 10mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 13747

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 28 Feb 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 05-03-2019


pyridostigmine bromide

MESTINON TIMESPAN pyridostigmine bromide 180mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 13749

Tablet, modified release

Expected supply: 05 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 14-03-2019


silver sulfadiazine

FLAMAZINE silver sulfadiazine 1.0% w/w cream jar

AUST R: 159338

Cream

Expected supply: 29 Mar 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 28-03-2019


silver sulfadiazine

FLAMAZINE silver sulfadiazine 1.0% w/w cream tube

AUST R: 159342

Cream

Expected supply: 29 Mar 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 28-03-2019


sulfamethoxazole

trimethoprim

DBL SULFAMETHOXAZOLE 400 mg AND TRIMETHOPRIM 80 mg CONCENTRATE INJECTION BP 5mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 16293

Injection, concentrated

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 21-02-2019


cyproheptadine hydrochloride sesquihydrate

PERIACTIN cyproheptadine hydrochloride (as sesquihydrate) 4mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 62384

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 31 May 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 24-05-2019


pindolol

BARBLOC 5 pindolol 5mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 17589

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 01 Jan 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 12-04-2019


fentanyl citrate

Fentanyl GH Solution for Injection 100 microgram/2 mL ampoule

AUST R: 201872

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 04-03-2019


danazol

AZOL 100 danazol 100mg capsule bottle

AUST R: 10001

Capsule, hard

Expected supply: 31 Mar 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 25-03-2019


ulipristal acetate

EllaOne ulipristal acetate 30 mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 219535

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 07-05-2019


iobenguane (123I) sulfate

MIBGEN iobenguane[123I] sulfate 100MBq/mL injection vial

AUST R: 101670

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 25 Mar 2020

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 29-03-2019


morphine sulfate pentahydrate

DBL MORPHINE SULFATE 15mg/1mL injection BP ampoule

AUST R: 101243

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Jul 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 04-04-2019


spironolactone

SPIRACTIN 25 spironolactone 25mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 46689

Tablet, uncoated

Expected supply: 17 May 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 10-05-2019


Coxiella burnetii

Q-VAX SKIN TEST (Inactivated C. burnetii for Pre-Q-Vax Vaccination Screening) injection vial

AUST R: 100518

Injection

Expected supply: 31 May 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 13-05-2019


tetracosactide (tetracosactrin)

SYNACTHEN tetracosactide (tetracosactrin) 0.25mg/1mL injection ampoule

AUST R: 11058

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 20 May 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 20-05-2019


Measles virus

Mumps virus

Rubella virus

PRIORIX ALBUMIN FREE VACCINE 0.5mL powder for injection vial and diluent syringe

AUST R: 97842

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 01 Oct 2019

Availability: Only available under NIP or government programs

Updated: 18-04-2019


morphine hydrochloride trihydrate

MORPHINE JUNO morphine hydrochloride trihydrate 20 mg/1 mL solution for injection ampoule

AUST R: 224242

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 29 May 2019

Availability: Emergency Supply Only

Updated: 18-04-2019


minocycline hydrochloride dihydrate

MINOMYCIN 50 minocycline 50mg (as hydrochloride) tablet blister pack

AUST R: 47054

Tablet, film coated

Expected supply: 30 Apr 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 07-05-2019


vinorelbine tartrate

VINORELBINE EBEWE 50mg/5mL (as tartrate) injection vial

AUST R: 99724

Injection, concentrated

Expected supply: 31 May 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 17-04-2019


vancomycin

VANCOCIN vancomycin 125mg (125,000IU as hydrochloride) capsule blister pack

AUST R: 14674

Capsule

Expected supply: 24 May 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 24-04-2019


naloxone hydrochloride dihydrate

NALOXONE JUNO naloxone hydrochloride (as dihydrate) 400 micrograms/1 mL solution for injection, ampoule

AUST R: 236005

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 15 Jul 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 24-05-2019


dibasic sodium phosphate

monobasic sodium phosphate monohydrate

DIACOL sodium phosphate 1.5g tablet bottle

AUST R: 149914

Tablet, film coated

Expected supply: 06 Jun 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 15-05-2019


calcium folinate

DBL LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM Folinic acid 300mg/30mL (as calcium folinate) Injection Vial

AUST R: 116688

Injection

Expected supply: 14 Jun 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 02-05-2019


ciprofloxacin

CIPROFLOXACIN ALPHAPHARM ciprofloxacin 200mg/100mL injection for intravenous infusion

AUST R: 154611

Injection, intravenous infusion

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 17-05-2019


calcium folinate

DBL LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM folinic acid 50mg/5mL (as calcium folinate) injection USP vial (NF)

AUST R: 42148

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Aug 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 14-05-2019


rifampicin

RIMYCIN 300 rifampicin 300 mg capsule bottle

AUST R: 48231

Capsule, hard

Expected supply: 30 Jun 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 03-05-2019


sodium bicarbonate

Pfizer (Perth) SODIUM BICARBONATE 8.4% (8.4g/100mL) injection BP vial

AUST R: 10801

Injection, intravenous infusion

Expected supply: 15 Aug 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 14-05-2019


buprenorphine hydrochloride

naloxone hydrochloride dihydrate

SUBOXONE FILM 8/2 buprenorphine (as hydrochloride) 8mg / naloxone (as hydrochloride dihydrate) 2mg soluble film sachet

AUST R: 163444

Soluble Film

Expected supply: 05 Aug 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 14-05-2019


buprenorphine hydrochloride

naloxone hydrochloride dihydrate

SUBOXONE FILM 2/0.5 buprenorphine (as hydrochloride) 2mg / naloxone (as hydrochloride dihydrate) 0.5mg soluble film sachet

AUST R: 163443

Soluble Film

Expected supply: 22 Jul 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 14-05-2019


pyridostigmine bromide

MESTINON pyridostigmine bromide 60mg tablet bottle

AUST R: 13748

Tablet, sugar coated

Expected supply: 31 May 2019

Availability: Limited Availability

Updated: 16-05-2019


heparin sodium

DBL HEPARIN SODIUM 5000IU/1mL (porcine mucous) injection BP ampoule

AUST R: 12881

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 30 Jul 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 15-05-2019


calcium folinate

Pfizer (Perth) LEUCOVORIN CALCIUM folinic acid (as calcium folinate) 50mg/5mL injection Usp ampoule

AUST R: 61885

Injection, solution

Expected supply: 18 Jul 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 14-05-2019


bupropion hydrochloride

ZYBAN SR bupropion hydrochloride 150mg tablet blister pack

AUST R: 75233

Tablet, modified release

Expected supply: 31 Oct 2019

Availability: Unavailable

Updated: 16-05-2019


Measles virus

Mumps virus

Rubella virus

M-M-R II powder for injection vial with pre-filled diluent syringe, single dose

AUST R: 201877

Injection, powder for

Expected supply: 30 Sep 2019

Availability: Only available under NIP or government programs

Updated: 16-05-2019


praziquantel

BILTRICIDE Praziquantel 600mg Tablet bottle

AUST R: 18845

Tablet, film coated

Expected supply: 15 Aug 2019

Availability: Available

Updated: 16-05-2019


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