Drug Availability

HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that Pfizer are experiencing a supply interruption for docetaxel vials as follows:

DBL™ Docetaxel Concentrated Injection
Docetaxel 20mg/2mL
ARTG 163802

DBL™ Docetaxel Concentrated Injection
Docetaxel 80mg/8mL
ARTG 163801

DBL™ Docetaxel Concentrated Injection
Docetaxel 160mg/16mL
ARTG 163803

Normal supplies are expected to resume by end of December 2019. To ensure continuity of supply, Pfizer has arranged for an automatic substitution with Docetaxel Accord. This replacement product is also listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), but is presented in a different vial size as follows:

DBL Product Accord Product
DBL™ Docetaxel 20mg/2mL Docetaxel Accord 20mg/1ml
DBL™ Docetaxel 80mg/8mL Docetaxel Accord 80mg/4ml
DBL™ Docetaxel 160mg/16mL Docetaxel Accord 160mg/8ml

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 Pfizer on 1800 675 229 or your pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies.

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