Drug Availability


HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that Alphapharm and Astra Zeneca are expecting a supply interruption for metoprolol for injection as follows:

Betaloc® 5mg/5mL Ampoules
Metoprolol tartrate 5mg/5mL
ARTG 12063

Metoprolol IV Mylan Vials
Metoprolol tartrate 5mg/5mL
ARTG 204665

The supply interruption is expected to be resolved in late March 2018. While wholesaler stocks of metoprolol solution for injection are exhausted, HPS Pharmacies can source a limited supply of internationally registered metoprolol for the benefit of our clients. These 5mg ampoules, registered and marketed in Germany, can now be supplied under an exemption granted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) under section 19A of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.

It is important to note that the information leaflet and packaging of this product is in German. Product information for metoprolol solution for injection is available in English from the TGA. Link Healthcare has provided an English translation of the front of the carton as follows:

Injection solution 5 x 5 mL
METOPROLOL Carino 1 mg/mL
Injection solution
Metoprolol tartrate
For intravenous use
Each ampoule contains 5 mg metoprolol tartrate
Each mL contains 1 mg metoprolol tartrate
For single use

Retain this notice in a prominent position, including in other related business units for one month. 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.

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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