For Physicians at Banner Desert Medical Center  

Drug Shortages

Drug shortage  

Below is the update for the week of July 21, 2014:

Products that are out and no re-supply at this time:

  • Vitamin A injection (Aquasol) 
  • Methyldopa 250mg/5ml
  • Caffeine – sodium benzoate amps
  • Droperidol - on backorder with no release date at this time
  • Nubain
  • Pancuronium: currently no release date
  • Reserpine Tablets 0.25mg and 0.1mg
  • Sodium phosphate injection:  expected release not until 2nd quarter 2014
  • Sodium thiosulfate
  • Thiotepa
  • Warfarin (Coumadin) injection

Products whose supplies are low, re-supply is problematic or does not seem stable:

  • Atropine injection: The vials continue to be a backorder issue.  We currently have 60 of the 1mg / 1ml vials in Pyxis and none in the pharmacy; the 0.4mg vial remains an issue. 
  • Chloroprocaine 3% MPF 20ml (Nesacaine):  The product is on backorder status; expected release of new supplies is late July.  We currently have 4 vials in various L&D OR Pyxis locations.
  • Erythromycin Vial 500mg: This product is on backorder, we hold 17 vials in the pharmacy and the projected release date is July 2014.
  • Hydroxyzine vials: On backorder, release expected late June, we have none in stock.
  • Indigo Carmine Injection: This product has been discontinued by the manufacturer(s). We currently have 120 doses within the facility.
  • Midazolam 10mg/10ml vial: The 10ml vials remain a backorder issue. Locations have been stocked with 5ml vials as the best alternative.
  • Zinc Injection: currently in very short supply; current supplies being used for Pediatric TPN only.

Products that have returned to a “normal” status:

  • Cefuroxime (Zinacef) 1.5 gram vials
  • Heparin 25,000 unis/250ml bags
Banner Desert Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-3000
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