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There is an ongoing shortage of medications being experienced by the local pharmacies. This is as a result of national shortages. Unfortunately these shortages can arise with very little warning as the pharmacies often work on a supply that is only guaranteed days at a time. Therefore we receive notice sometimes on a daily basis of sudden acute shortages. The pharmacies attempt to offer the medication in another formulation if possible i.e. oral Zofran vs IV. As this is a rapidly changing issue on a day to day basis, it is often impossible to give advanced warning to EMS providers. Each pharmacy attempts to label the outside of the EMS medication box with any changes. Therefore it is particularly important that you check for these changes, and pay particular attention to reading the information on all drugs prior to administration. The dose, and or concentration, may have changed from what you are used to seeing. Please distribute this information to the providers in your agency. Unfortunately, as these shortages are occurring on a national basis our local pharmacies do not have control of when any given shortage arises. We expect that this situation will continue for the foreseeable future. Please feel free to contact the Council with any questions or concerns. We will attempt to provide information as quickly as possible, however sometimes these shortages occur with little or no warning.
Regional Drug Shortage information will be updated on a regular basis!
Medication; Ondansetron (Zofran)
Present Formulation: 4 mg/2 mL vials for injection
Change: IV solution removed
New availability: Two Ondansetron 4 mg SL tablets.
Medication; Saline Flush Syringes
Present Formulation: 10 mL syringes
Change: Syringes removed
New availability: None.
Present Formulation: 2x10mg/1ml syringes
Change: 2 x 4 mg/1 mL morphine syringes