Drug Availability


HPS Pharmacies wish to advise that Menarini Australia are currently experiencing an interruption to the supply of:

Cogentin® Injection
Benztropine 2mg/2mL
ARTG 10452

This supply interruption is due to a shortage of the active ingredient. To ensure continued supply of parenteral benztropine, Menarini has received authorisation from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to supply the alternative brand, Benztropine Omega®. However, there may also be some periodic interruption to the supply of this brand due to increased demand. Please note: the dosage form, pack size, and storage conditions vary between Cogentin® and Benztropine Omega®. Please refer to Table 1 below.

Table 1. Variances between Cogentin® and Benztropine Omega®.


Benztropine Omega®




Dosage Form

Clear glass ampoules

Clear glass vials

Pack Size



Storage Conditions

Store below 30°C.
Protect product from freezing.
Protect from light.

Store between 15°C and 30°C.
Protect product from freezing.


Retain this notice in a prominent position, including in other related business units until supplies return to normal. Report any problems identified with medicines, vaccines or medical devices to the TGA.

Should you require further information regarding this matter, please contact your pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies, or Menarini Australia on 1800 644 542.

Information regarding expected dates for supply may vary subject to delays which are out of our control. HPS Pharmacies does not accept responsibility for such changes but will endeavour to keep our clients updated as information is made available from drug manufacturers or wholesalers.

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