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DrugAlert provides timely advice direct to your inbox and is based on information from drug manufacturers regarding critical changes to medication access such as the discontinuation, short supply or unavailability, recalls and other important drug-related information. See below to view the most recent volumes of DrugAlert.

Defect Correction for Tacrolimus Apotex

DrugAlert Volume 605

Product Defect Correction HPS Pharmacies wish to advise that Apotex, in consultation with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), has given notice of a product defect correction for Tacrolimus Apotex 0.5mg capsules as follows: Tacrolimus Apotex Capsules…

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Availability of Marevan®

DrugAlert Volume 604

Drug Availability HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that Mylan Australia is experiencing a supply interruption for Marevan® 5mg tablets as follows: Marevan® Tablets Warfarin sodium 5mg ARTG 12514 Normal supplies of Marevan® 5mg tablets are expected…

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Availability of Fresofol®

DrugAlert Volume 603

Drug Availability HPS Pharmacies wish to advise that Fresenius Kabi have provided an update on the availability of Fresofol® (propofol). During the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for critical medicines has increased significantly. In response, Fresenius Kabi…

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Discontinuation of Effient®

DrugAlert Volume 602

Drug Discontinuation HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that Eli Lilly is discontinuing Effient® as follows: Effient® Tablets Prasugrel 5mg ARTG 150809 Effient® Tablets Prasugrel 10mg ARTG 150810 Both strengths of Effient® will be deleted from the Australian…

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Availability of Artane®

DrugAlert Volume 601

Drug Availability HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that Arrow Pharmaceuticals are experiencing an interruption to the supply of Artane® as follows: Artane® Tablets Trihexyphenidyl (benzhexol) hydrochloride 2mg ARTG 15125  Artane® Tablets Trihexyphenidyl (benzhexol) hydrochloride 5mg ARTG…

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Availability of Pulmicort® & Symbicort® Turbuhalers®

DrugAlert Volume 600

Drug Availability HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that AstraZeneca has advised of a supply interruption to Pulmicort® and Symbicort® Turbuhalers® as follows: Product ARTG Expected Return Date Pulmicort® 100mcg 10063 Late May 2020 Symbicort® 100/6mcg 80875 Early June…

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June 2020

February 2020

Availability of Glucose Intravenous Infusion (Feb. 26 2020)

Availability of Ephedrine Hydrochloride (Feb. 26 2020)

Availability of OsmoLax® (Feb. 26 2020)

Availability of Famotidine (Feb. 26 2020)

Availability of BenPen™ (Feb. 21 2020)

Availability of Carbimazole (Feb. 21 2020)

Availability of Calcium Gluconate Gel (Feb. 21 2020)

Availability of Pindolol (Feb. 21 2020)

Availability of Bleomycin Vials (Feb. 21 2020)

Availability of Prazosin (Feb. 20 2020)

Availability of Phenoxymethylpenicillin (Feb. 20 2020)

Availability of Dantrolene (Feb. 20 2020)

Availability of Minipress® (Feb. 20 2020)

Availability of Verapamil Tablets (Feb. 19 2020)

Availability of Carafate® Tablets (Feb. 19 2020)

Availability of Pneumovax® 23 (Feb. 18 2020)

Availability of Span-K® Tablets (Feb. 17 2020)

Availability of Irinotecan (Feb. 17 2020)

Defect correction for Palexia® SR 100mg (Feb. 14 2020)

Availability of Haemorol™ (Feb. 14 2020)

Availability of Primacin® (Feb. 14 2020)

Availability of EpiPen® Jr. (Feb. 14 2020)

Availability of Amoxicillin & Clavulanic Acid Suspension (Feb. 12 2020)

Availability of Emollient Ointment Sterile (Feb. 11 2020)

Availability of Hydroxocobalamin Ampoules (Feb. 11 2020)

Availability of Fleet® Ready-to-Use Enema (Feb. 07 2020)

Availability of Gentamicin Ampoules (Feb. 07 2020)

Availability of Hand Sanitisers (Feb. 07 2020)

Availability of Ciprofloxacin IV (Feb. 07 2020)

Availability of Zyban® SR Tablets (Feb. 06 2020)

Availability of DBL™ Rocuronium Bromide Vials (Feb. 05 2020)

Availability of Gastrogel Antacid® Oral Suspension (Feb. 05 2020)

Availability of Integrilin® (Feb. 05 2020)

Availability of Tamoxifen Tablets (Feb. 04 2020)

Availability of Ferro-Grad C® Tablets (Feb. 04 2020)

Availability of Minims® Phenylephrine Eye Drops (Feb. 04 2020)

Availability of Panadol® Suppositories (Feb. 04 2020)

Discontinuation of Zantac® Effervescent (Feb. 03 2020)

September 2018

December 2017

July 2017

November 2015

Zarontin® 250mg Capsules (Nov. 03 2015)

October 2015

July 2015

June 2015

February 2015

January 2015

Fentanyl Intranasal Spray (Jan. 22 2015)

Hydralazine Availability (Jan. 15 2015)

Recall of Jurnista® (Jan. 15 2015)

December 2014

September 2014

August 2014

May 2014

Propofol Quarantine Update (May. 04 2014)

Recall of Provive (May. 01 2014)

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

October 2013

September 2013

July 2013

April 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

Morphine Availability (Nov. 26 2012)

Propranolol Unavailable (Nov. 25 2012)

Carbetocin Availability (Nov. 20 2012)

Timentin Availability (Nov. 20 2012)

September 2012