Medicine Shortages Information Initiative
Update: Mandatory reporting of medicines shortages will commence on 1 January 2019 following passage of legislation through the Australian Parliament. Further information is available at: Medicine shortages reforms update
The Medicine Shortages Information Initiative provides information about prescription medicine shortages in Australia. This information is provided to assist health professionals and consumers when there is a temporary or permanent disruption (discontinuation) to the supply of a medicine in Australia.
The medicine shortages information on this website is mostly based on information provided voluntarily to the TGA by sponsors. The information provided refers to the supply of prescription medicines to the overall Australian market. This means that stock of a particular medicine may still be available at your pharmacy to fill your prescription.
Note that in some instances where the sponsor has not submitted information on a medicine shortage the TGA still has the power to publish such information. This information and further information on particular medicine shortages are published by the TGA as alerts (see below).
If you are having difficulty obtaining a medicine that has been prescribed to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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In response to certain medicine shortages, a sponsor can apply to the TGA for permission to supply an unapproved medicine under section 19A of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act).
In some instances, the TGA will publish additional information about specific medicines shortages, in the form of alerts, in the interest of public health. These alerts may involve shortages not found in the Medicine Shortages Information (MSI) noting that where a sponsor has not provided a medicine shortage notification, the TGA still has the power to publish such information. They may also provide further information on shortages in the MSI.
These are updated when new information becomes available, including when the shortage has been resolved. You can subscribe to automatically receive notifications when new alerts and updates are published.
Alerts involving current medicine shortages
The following alerts relate to current medicine shortages.
- Glyceryl trinitrate tablets (Anginine and Lycinate) - Last updated 8 October 2018
- Clomifene/clomiphene - Last updated 8 October 2018
- EpiPen (adult) adrenaline auto-injector - Last updated 6 August 2018
- Metronidazole intravenous infusion 500 mg/100 mL bag - last updated 22 June 2018
Alerts involving resolved medicine shortages
The following alerts relate to resolved medicine shortages.
- Bactroban (mupirocin) 20 mg/g ointment tube - Last updated 30 August 2017
- Metformin extended release tablets - Last updated 28 August 2017
- Neo-Mercazole (carbimazole) - Last updated 23 August 2017
- Etoposide (etoposide phosphate) powder for injection vials and Vepesid etoposide capsules - Last updated 4 August 2017
- Ampicillin injection and Amoxycillin injection - Last updated 2 December 2016
- Zovirax Ophthalmic ointment - Last updated 6 June 2016
If you require further information you can contact the TGA's Medicine Shortages Section via:
- email - firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone - 02 6232 8850.