Drug Availability

Further to DrugAlert Volume 380, HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd is experiencing a supply interruption for the following local anaesthetic products:



Marcain 0.25% 5 x 20mL


Marcain 0.5% 5 x 10mL


Marcain 0.5% 5 x 20mL


Naropin 0.75% 5 x 10mL


Xylocaine® 1% 5 x 20mL


Xylocaine® 2% 5 x 20mL



This supply interruption is due to a fire at the manufacturing site. While the manufacturer is taking action to resolve this issue, normal supplies are not expected to resume until early 2019.

Alternative products that could be considered include Xylocaine® 1% in 5mL ampoules, Xylocaine® 2% in 5mL ampoules, and alternative presentations of ropivacaine. The product information should be consulted for further information on the appropriate use of these agents. In order to avoid medication errors, it is also requested that all staff exercise additional diligence when prescribing, supplying, and administering these products during this supply interruption.

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.

Information regarding expected dates for supply may vary subject to delays which are out of our control. HPS Pharmacies does not accept responsibility for such changes but will endeavour to keep our clients updated as information is made available from drug manufacturers or wholesalers.

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