Drug Availability Update
HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that the following brands of fentanyl 100mcg/2mL ampoules are continuing to experience a supply interruption:
|Product||ARTG||Expected Return Date|
|Fentanyl GH 100mcg/2mL ampoule||201872||Late June 2019|
|Aspen Fentanyl 100mcg/2mL ampoule||170929||Late July 2019|
|DBL™ Fentanyl 100mcg/2mL ampoule||107025||Late September 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 another shipment of fentanyl in late June 2019 which should ease the restrictions by the end of the month. Supplies of fentanyl 500mcg/10mL ampoules are currently unaffected. To ensure that current supplies are adequate, a judicious approach to the use of fentanyl should be considered with particular care taken to ensure the most appropriate fentanyl ampoule size is used in each instance.
An internationally registered brand of fentanyl 100mcg/2mL ampoules is also available for supply under Section 19A of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. 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.