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Medicine shortages: News and updates

13 August 2020

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

13 August 2020
Shortage of Brevinor and Norimin (ethinylestradiol/norethisterone)
Consumers and health professionals are advised that there is a shortage of oral contraceptive pills containing the combination ethinylestradiol and norethisterone.

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