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Morphine 1 mg/mL and 5 mg/mL alcohol free syrup (Statex®) - Shortage

May 09 , 2018

The Issue:
There is a long term back order of morphine 1 mg/mL and 5 mg/mL alcohol free syrup (Statex®). The only Canadian manufacturer of this product is Paladin with an indeterminate release date.

Morphine 5 mg/mL is no longer available and stock levels of morphine 1 mg/mL will be depleted prior to the resolution of this back order. The manufacturer has removed morphine alcohol free syrup (Statex®) from their product listing and as a dormant product it will be discontinued from the AHS Provincial Drug Formulary.

Key changes include:

  • Physicians should be aware of the long term back order of morphine 1 mg/mL and 5 mg/mL alcohol free syrup (Statex®).
  • If possible, conserve morphine 1 mg/mL alcohol free syrup (Statex®) for neonates.
  • Suggested alternatives* include the following, as clinically appropriate:
    • Morphine 1 mg/mL syrup WITH alcohol 4.8% (Doloral®)
    • Morphine suppository, tablet, or injection
  • Note that morphine sulfate and morphine hydrochloride are therapeutically equivalent.

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

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

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

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