Fentanyl injection: Supply issue
There is sufficient stock to cope with normal demand. This shortage is likely to last until at least late July 2020.
There is no current shortage of fentanyl injection 50 mcg per ml, 10 ml ampoules. Several other funded opioid analgesics are listed in the Pharmaceutical Schedule.
Alternative funded products
Alternatives to the fentanyl 50 microgram per ml, 2 ml ampoule should be used where possible.
We are aware that some DHBs have already started to consider using alternatives. We have been advised that by the Critcal Care Advisory Group that the following can be considered as funded alternatives to fentanyl 50 microgram per ml, 2 ml ampoule (depending on the clinical circumstances):
- Fentanyl inj 50 mcg per ml, 10 ml ampoule
- Fentanyl inj 10 mcg per ml, 10 ml syringe
- Fentanyl inj 10 mcg per ml, 50 ml bag
- Fentanyl inj 10 mcg per ml, 50 ml syringe
- Fentanyl inj 10 mcg per ml, 100 ml bag
- Fentanyl inj 20 mcg per ml, 50 ml syringe
- Fentanyl inj 20 mcg per ml, 100 ml bag
- Fentanyl patches
- Morphine sulphate injection
- Oxycodone hydrochloride injection
- Methadone injection
We are not aware of any supply issues with the above presentations of fentanyl or other medicines. However, global supply chains are rapidly evolving and caution should be exercised.
Who to contact
Share with us ways you and your colleagues are conserving fentanyl injection 50 mcg per ml, 2 ml ampoules, so that we can share these ideas with others where appropriate.
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Last updated: 13 July 2020