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Sumatriptan 6 mg Injection

July 28 , 2017

The Issue:
There is a back order of sumatriptan 6 mg injection (prefilled syringe and vial). The GSK brand (Imitrex®) 0.5 mL vial is expected to be available in early August 2017. The estimated availability date of the Taro prefilled syringe is early August 2017 and unknown for the GSK brand (Imitrex®).

Stock levels are low and may not last the duration of the back order, Alternatives need to be utilized as supply runs out.

Key messages include:

  • Physicians should be aware of the shortage of sumtriptan 6 mg injection
  • Suggest alternatives* include the following, as clinically appropriate:
    • Dihygroergotamine 1 mg/mL injection
    • Injectable analgesics

*Alternatives are provided for clinician information, are not all inclusive and may not be appropriate for all clinical situations. The information provided does not replace clinician judgement.

The AHS Provincial Drug Formulary is available at the this link.

Action:
Please post this notice in your area and ensure all staff is informed about the changed.

Contact:
Please contact your site pharmacy department with any questions or concerns.

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