Drug Availability Update


Further to DrugAlert Volume 380, HPS Pharmacies wish to give notice that Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd is now experiencing a supply interruption for Xylocaine® products as follows:

Xylocaine® 1%
Lignocaine 1% 5x20mL
ARTG 48361

Xylocaine® 2%
Lignocaine 2% 5x20mL
ARTG 48364

This supply interruption is due to a fire at the manufacturing site. Alternative products that could be considered include Xylocaine® 1% in 5ml ampoules and Xylocaine® 2% in 5ml ampoules. Please note that these products are not theatre packed.

In order to avoid medication errors, it is requested that all staff exercise additional diligence when prescribing, supplying, and administering Xylocaine® ampoules.

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, 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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