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Medicine shortages: News and updates

4 March 2021

This page features the latest news and updates for consumers and health professionals about medicine shortages. For more general information and resources see Medicine shortages.

Medicine shortage alerts

4 March 2021
New legislation to support medicine substitutions
New legislation has been passed to allow pharmacists to substitute a different medicine when a patient's usual medicine has been declared to be in 'serious scarcity.

16 February 2021
Shortage of sertraline tablets
The TGA has issued a Serious Shortage Substitution Notice for sertraline tablets

21 January 2021
Ergometrine maleate injection (500 microgram/mL) ampoule
Alternative product approved to address expected shortage

23 October 2020
Shortage of Brevinor and Norimin (ethinylestradiol/norethisterone)
Update - Alternative products approved to address shortages

19 October 2020
Phenelzine (Nardil)
The TGA has authorised two sponsors to supply an overseas-registered brand of phenelzine

19 October 2020
Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
The TGA has authorised the supply of an overseas-registered brand of tranylcypromine to address an expected shortage of the Australian-registered product in late 2020

4 September 2020
Shortage of olmesartan and prazosin tablets
The TGA has issued Serious Shortage Substitution Notices for medicines containing olmesartan or prazosin as the sole active ingredient

26 August 2020
Shortage of Estradot (estradiol) hormone replacement therapy patches (multiple strengths)
The TGA is issuing Serious Shortage Substitution Notices for Estradot 25 and Estradot 100 transdermal patches

17 August 2020
Ensuring ongoing supply of medicines during Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria
Medicine Shortages Working Party supports Victorian Government exemptions to allow continued medicine distribution

27 July 2020
Extension of metformin Serious Shortage Substitution Notice
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has extended the Serious Shortage Medicine Substitution Notice for metformin modified-release 500 mg tablets until 31 December 2020

1 July 2020
Children's paracetamol liquid returns to front-of-counter, but supply limits remain
Pharmacies can return children's paracetamol liquid formulations to front-of-counter, but the one unit limit on sales remains in place

29 June 2020
Phenelzine (Nardil) discontinuation
Joint statement on accessing alternatives and patient management

3 June 2020
Critical medicines supply modelling supports return to elective surgery
New modelling demonstrates that supply of critical medicines for ventilating patients supports a return to elective surgery

13 May 2020
Shortage of metformin modified-release 500 mg (multiple brands)
Serious Shortage Substitution Notice for metformin modified-release 500mg tablets