Drug Availability

HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that the following brands of fentanyl 100mcg/2mL ampoules are experiencing a supply interruption:

Product ARTG Expected Return Date
Fentanyl GH 100mcg/2mL ampoule 201872 End June 2019
Aspen Fentanyl 100mcg/2mL ampoule 170929 End July 2019
DBL™ Fentanyl 100mcg/2mL ampoule 107025 Late May 2019

While wholesaler stocks of fentanyl ampoules are limited, HPS Pharmacies has managed to secure a limited supply, based on our historical usage, of fentanyl 100mcg/2mL for the benefit of our clients. Our supplier is expecting a shipment of fentanyl mid-May 2019, which should ease the restrictions. Supplies of fentanyl 500mcg/10mL ampoules are currently unaffected. To ensure that current supplies are adequate, particular care should be taken to ensure the most appropriate  fentanyl ampoule size is used in each instance.

An internationally registered brand of fentanyl 100mcg/2mL ampoules has also been approved for supply under Section 19A of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. However, supplies of this brand are not expected to be available until mid-May 2019.  Please note that Section 19A alternatives are subject to a longer lead-time and different pricing as they must be sourced internationally.

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.

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