Drug Availability Update

Further to DrugAlert Vol 731, HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd is continuing to experience a supply interruption for the following local anaesthetic products:

Product ARTG Current Status
Marcain 0.25% 5 x 100mL (sterile theatre pack) 11953 November 2021
Naropin 0.2% 5 x 100mL Polybag (sterile theatre pack) 52396 November 2021
Naropin 0.2% with Fentanyl 200mcg/100mL (sterile theatre pack) 72874 December 2021
Naropin 0.2% with Fentanyl 400mcg/100mL (sterile theatre pack) 72876 December 2021
Naropin 0.2% with Fentanyl 800mcg/200mL (sterile theatre pack) 72875 November 2021

Aspen has advised that supplies of Naropin 0.2% with Fentanyl 400mcg/200mL have returned. Stock has begun to arrive at distribution centres around the country and normal supplies are expected to return in all states shortly. Other ropivacaine + fentanyl products are available through Baxter. All other local anaesthetic products marketed by Aspen are available as normal.

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 Aspen Pharmacare Australia on 1300 659 646.

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