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Medication Supply Disruption

posted Jan 23, 2019, 11:29 PM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Jan 23, 2019, 11:30 PM ]

24 January 2019 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 39/2019):

The following medication will be facing supply disruptions:

No.

Name of Medication

Formulary Category

Cause / Action by Pharmacy

Estimated Stock Recovery

Alternative Medication


1

Permethrin 5% Lotion

Standard Formulary

Production issues by the company.

Awaiting feedback from supplier.

Benzyl Benzoate 25% Emulsion


Instructions for use:

 

Adult

 

Can be applied directly to skin. 


 

Children

 

 

Dilute 1 part of Benzyl Benzoate 25% Emulsion with 1 part of water ( strength: 12.5%) prior applying to skin.


Discontinued Medication - Oxytetracycline 500mg/10mL Injection (Oxylim)

posted Jan 2, 2019, 8:19 PM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Jan 2, 2019, 8:24 PM ]

3 January 2019 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 533/2018):

Name of Medication: Oxytetracycline 500mg/10mL
Brand: Oxylim
Form: Injection

The manufacturing company has decided to cease the production of this medication.

However, doctors can prescribe alternatives to this medication, Talc Powder or Bleomycin Injectionwhich are of Standard Formulary items, for the procedure of chemical pleurodesis.

Medication Supply Disruption

posted Jan 1, 2019, 8:12 PM by Muhammad Fikree Ahmad   [ updated Jan 1, 2019, 8:12 PM ]

26 December 2018 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 543/2018):

The following medication will be facing supply disruptions:

No.

Name of Medication

Formulary Category

Cause / Action by Pharmacy

Estimated Stock Recovery

Alternative Medication


1)

Neomycin, Polymxyin B Hydrocortisone Ear Drops.

Standard Formulary

Production issues by the company.

Early April 2019

Ofloxacin 0.3% Ear Drops

Medication Supply Disruption

posted Nov 27, 2018, 8:05 PM by Chong Ching Wern   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 8:06 PM ]

16 November 2018 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 488/2018):

The following medication will be facing supply disruptions:

No.

Name of Medication

Formulary Category

Cause / Action by Pharmacy

Estimated Stock Recovery

Alternative Medication


1)

Albumin Human 20% Injection

Standard Formulary

· Production issues by Grifols Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

· Usage is only reserved for critical cases including 'replacement after large volume parecentesis'.


Until further notice.

None, other manufacturing companies are also experiencing stock issues. 

Please contact Inpatient Pharmacy first for elective surgeries. 

Medication Supply Disruption

posted Sep 17, 2018, 9:19 PM by Chong Ching Wern   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 9:20 PM ]

14 September 2018 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 377/2018):
The following medication will be facing supply disruptions:

No.

Name of Medication

Formulary Category

Cause / Action by Pharmacy

Estimated Stock Recovery

Alternative Medication


1)

Oxytetracycline 500mg/10mL Injection
(Oxylim)

Standard Formulary

Production issues by the company.

Awaiting feedback from the supplier.

For 'Chemical Pleurodesis' procedures, please consider the use of Talc Powder or Bleomycin Injection. 

Medication Supply Resumes

posted Aug 15, 2018, 6:03 PM by Chong Ching Wern   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 6:07 PM ]

15 August 2018 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 325/2018):
We are pleased to inform that our Pharmacy Department have received stocks for the following medications: 

No.

Name of Medication

Formulary Category


1)

Fentanyl 100mcg/2mL Injection


Standard Formulary

2)

Thiopental 500mg Injection



Standard Formulary

Discontinued Medication - Pilocarpine 2% and 4% Eye Drop

posted Jul 22, 2018, 9:18 PM by Chong Ching Wern   [ updated Jul 22, 2018, 9:19 PM ]

20 July 2018 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 283/2018):
Name of Medication: Pilocarpine 2% and 4%
Form: Eye Drop
Company: Alcon Laboratories (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Formulary Category: Standard

The sole distributor of Pilocarpine both 2% and 4% eye drops, Alcon Laboratories (M) Sdn. Bhd., had ceased their production and our pharmacy will supply our patients until all our current stocks have been used up.

However, doctors can consider to use other Standard Formulary eye drops such as Latanoprost and Timolol as an alternative for our patients.

Medication Supply Disruption

posted Jul 12, 2018, 6:35 PM by Chong Ching Wern   [ updated Jul 12, 2018, 6:43 PM ]

13 July 2018 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 270/2018):
The following medication will be facing supply disruptions:

No.

Name of Medication

Formulary Category

Cause / Action by Pharmacy

Estimated Stock Recovery

Alternative Medication


1)

Thiopental 500mg Injection

Standard Formulary

· Production issues by Pharmaforte (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

· All stocks that the Pharmacy have were expired and have been returned for replacement. 

August 2018.

Consider use of Propofol Injection

Medication Supply Resumes

posted Jul 3, 2018, 7:54 PM by Chong Ching Wern   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 6:07 PM ]

3 July 2018 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 241/2018):
We are pleased to inform that the following medications will have their supplies back to normal: 

No.

Name of Medication

Formulary Category


1)

Albumin Human 20% Injection


Standard Formulary

2)

Prothrombin Complex (Factor II, VII, IX, X) Injection (Octaplex)



Standard Formulary

New Medication - Darbepoetin Alfa 40mcg/0.5mL Injection

posted Jul 3, 2018, 7:16 PM by Chong Ching Wern   [ updated Jul 3, 2018, 7:18 PM ]

3 July 2018 (Circular No. SP PPUM: 240/2018):
Name of Medication: Darbepoetin Alfa
Brand: NESP
Form: Injection
Manufacturer: Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd
Formulary Category: Standard
Prescriber: Nephrologist
Restrictions: For anaemia associated with chronic kidney failure.

Based on the outcome of the Drug and Therapeutics Subcommittee Meeting (Bil. 02/2015), Darbepoetin Alfa 40mcg/0.5mL Injection will be replacing Epoetin Beta 5000iu Injection (Recormon 5000).
Darbepoetin Alfa 40mcg/0.5mL Injection (NESP)

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