31 Common Medications About to be in Short Supply Throughout Australia

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During the next three months, 31 new, commonly used medications, will be in short supply throughout Australia, according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). These medications include commonly prescribed antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, antispasmodics for incontinence, birth control pills, endometriosis drugs, angina drugs, anti-inflammatories, blood pressure beta blockers and cancer medications.

If you have trouble finding these medications for yourself, your patients or your customers talk to us – we may be able to help.

As a fully licensed compounding pharmacist we can make up medications from scratch, in our purpose-built laboratory, during times of short supply. We use only the highest quality raw ingredients, sourced from reputable suppliers and rigorously tested for purity and safety.

By turning to compounded medication, rather than an alternative and sometimes inferior drug, you or your patient can continue treatment uninterrupted and complications that may arise from starting on a new medication can be avoided.

MEDICATION ANTICIPATED TO BE IN SHORT SUPPLY:Shortage expected from:  
Vinblastine sulfate DBL VINBLASTINE INJECTION Vinblastine sulfate 10mg/10mL injection vial03 June 2022
Ertapenem INVANZ ertapenem (as sodium) 1g powder for injection vial18 May 2022
Paclitaxel ANZATAX paclitaxel 300mg/50mL injection vial04 July 2022
Benzylpenicillin sodium BENPEN benzylpenicillin (as sodium) 1.2g powder for injection vial16 May 2022
Oxybutynin hydrochloride DITROPAN oxybutynin hydrochloride 5mg tablet bottle01 June 2022
Ethinylestradiol / levonorgestrel MONOFEME levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol tablet blister pack01 June 2022
Cetrimide / chlorhexidine gluconate CHLORHEXIDINE 0.05% Cetrimide 0.5% irrigation solution ampoule15 May 2022
Ertapenem sodium ERTAPENEM JUNO ertapenem (as sodium) 1 g powder for injection vial10 May 2022
Vancomycin hydrochloride VANCOMYCIN JUNO vancomycin (as hydrochloride) 1 g powder for injection vial25 May 2022
Rocuronium bromide DBL ROCURONIUM BROMIDE INJECTION rocuronium bromide 50mg/5mL injection solution vial01 June 2022
Nicorandil APO-NICORANDIL nicorandil 10 mg tablet blister pack22 July 2022
Nicorandil APO-NICORANDIL nicorandil 20 mg tablet blister pack20 May 2022
Morphine sulfate pentahydrate MORPHINE MR APOTEX morphine sulfate pentahydrate 30 mg modified release tablet blister packs08 July 2022
Meloxicam MELOBIC 15 meloxicam 15 mg tablets blister pack06 May 2022
Meloxicam MELOBIC 7.5 meloxicam 7.5 mg tablets blister pack06 May 2022
Carvedilol APO-CARVEDILOL carvedilol 25 mg tablet blister pack10 June 2022
Hydrocortisone sodium succinate SOLU-CORTEF ACT-O-VIAL hydrocortisone (as sodium succinate) 250mg powder for injection and diluent dual-chamber vial01 May 2022
Isosorbide mononitrate APO-ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 60 mg modified release tablet blister pack06 May 2022
Rizatriptan benzoate RIZATRIPTAN ODT APOTEX rizatriptan (as benzoate) 10 mg orally disintegrating tablet blister pack13 May 2022
Benzylpenicillin sodium BENPEN benzylpenicillin (as sodium) 3g powder for injection vial11 May 2022
Clevidipine CLEVIPREX clevidipine, 25 mg in 50 mL injectable emulsion, Single Use Vials12 May 2022
Paclitaxel ABRAXANE nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel 100 mg powder for injection (suspension) vial01 June 2022
Imipramine hydrochloride TOFRANIL 25 imipramine hydrochloride 25mg tablet blister pack02 May 2022
Amoxicillin trihydrate potassium clavulanate AMCLAVOX DUO FORTE 875/125, amoxicillin (as trihydrate) 875 mg and clavulanic acid (as potassium) 125 mg tablets blister pack06 May 2022
Fluoxetine hydrochloride BTC FLUOXETINE 20mg fluoxetine (as hydrochloride) 20 mg capsules blister pack08 Jul 2022
Latanoprost APO-LATANOPROST latanoprost 50 microgram/mL eye drops bottle13 May 2022
Methotrexate DBL METHOTREXATE 50mg/2mL injection BP vial05 May 2022
Bivalirudin Bivalirudin APOTEX bivalirudin (as trifluoroacetate) 250mg powder for injection vial06 May 2022
Moclobemide APO-MOCLOBEMIDE moclobemide 150mg tablet blister pack22 July 2022
Nivolumab OPDIVO nivolumab 40 mg in 4 mL (10 mg/mL) concentrated solution for IV infusion vial20 May 2022
Isosorbide mononitrate ISOBIDE MR isosorbide mononitrate 60mg modified release tablet blister pack20 May 2022

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