Safety Alert


HPS Pharmacies wish to advise that Astrazeneca have given notice of a change in the colours of identification markings on the 5mL single dose glass ampoules of Xylocaine® with Adrenaline as follows:

Xylocaine® with Adrenaline
Single Dose Glass Ampoule, 5mL

Contents lignocaine 1%
adrenaline 1:100,000
lignocaine 2%
adrenaline 1:80,000
Aust R 12017 54520
Old Colours Yellow Upper Ring Yellow Upper Ring
Red Lower Ring Green Lower Ring
Blue Dot Blue Dot
New Colours Red Upper Ring Red Upper Ring
White Lower Ring Purple Lower Ring
Blue Dot Blue Dot


The new colours will be introduced to batches manufactured from June 2013, however it is expected to take several months for existing stock to be depleted.

Please retain this notice in a prominent position, including other related business units as a reminder for all staff members until the new presentations are fully introduced.

Report any problems identified with medicines, vaccines or medical devices to the TGA.

Should you require further information regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies or Astrazeneca Medical Information on 1800 805 342.

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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