Search for information about a medicine shortage and find out if there is a way to access an alternative product. Find out how to manage a medical device supply disruption or shortage.
A medicine shortage occurs when there is unlikely to be enough of a medicine in Australia for the people who need to take it. Suppliers must report shortages of prescription medicines and a small number of over-the-counter medicines to the TGA.
Each shortage listed on our medicine shortages reports page refers to a single product. There are usually alternative brands, strengths or dose forms of the same medicine available.
You can view our medicine shortage alerts and search the medicine shortage reports database on our website. The information in the database will provide an estimate of how long the shortage will last and may tell you if there is an alternative medicine available. Our page on accessing medicines during a shortage explains more about accessing alternative products.
A medical device supply disruption or shortage can occur due to issues with raw materials, natural disasters or manufacturing. We follow up on reports of serious disruptions or shortages, and work to help minimise the impact.
Find out how we manage a medicine shortage, including information for sponsors on reporting a shortage and supplying alternative products during a shortage. Understand how we help manage medical device supply disruptions and what you should do.
- Companies supplying medicines in Australia will be required to provide additional information if their products go into shortage.
- From 22 March 2023 changes to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 will help alleviate the effects of medicine shortages on patients.
- The TGA is aware of several scams targeting consumers seeking semaglutide (Ozempic). Consumers are strongly advised not to use products unless they have come from a trusted source.
- We are consulting to better understand the nature, extent and urgency of problems with the supply of medicines, including shortages and discontinuations of medicines in Australia.