Drug Availability Update

Further to DrugAlert 464, HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that Pfizer Australia is continuing to experience a supply interruption for heparin as follows:

DBL™ Heparin Sodium Injection BP
Heparin sodium 5,000 IU/0.2mL
ARTG 16349

Supplies are expected to return to normal in late July 2019. An internationally registered brand of heparin sodium has been approved for supply under Section 19A of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. However, supplies of this product are also currently unavailable and not expected to be in stock until late June 2019. The packaging for this product is in the German language. Please refer to the Australian product information for DBL™ Heparin Sodium for further information when using this product.

Supply of heparin sodium under Section 19A is associated with a longer lead time as the product must be sourced internationally. This product is also significantly more expensive than the Australian registered product it replaces. Consideration of therapeutic alternatives such as low molecular weight heparins, where appropriate, may be preferred.

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 Australia on 1800 629 921 or your pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies.

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