Occasionally medications approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) become unavailable.
This can occur for four main reasons:
- The manufacturer has discontinued production as the consumer base is small and manufacture is unprofitable.
- The manufacturer has developed a new drug they believe to be superior to the older version.
- The drug is very popular and the manufacturer cannot keep up to demand.
- The manufacturer is having technical issues with producing the medication.
Visit this TGA page to see the current medication shortages in Australia. Medicine Shortages Information Initiative
Recent unavailable medicines can be seen by visiting this link https://apps.tga.gov.au/Prod/msi/search?shortagetype=All