Diatrizoate meglumine with sodium amidotrizoate (Gastrografin) oral liquid: Supply issue resolved

There was a supply issue affecting diatrizoate meglumine with sodium amidotrizoate (Gastrografin) oral liquid (Pharmacode 2345579).

24 January 2024 update

Bayer was resupplied in mid-January 2024. This stock should be moving through the supply chain. 

Affected product

Hospitals alerted Pharmac that stock on hand of diatrizoate meglumine with sodium amidotrizoate (Gastrografin) oral liquid was short-dated with stock expiring in October and November.

Due to a global delay in manufacturing, the supplier for Gastrografin, Bayer, was unable to supply more stock until mid to late-January 2024.

Gastrografin is only listed in the Hospital Medicines List.

  • Chemical: Diatrizoate meglumine with sodium amidotrizoate
  • Presentation: Oral liq 660 mg per ml with sodium amidotrizoate 100 mg per ml, 100 ml bottle
  • Brand: Gastrografin
  • Pharmacode: 2345579
  • Subsidy: $30.00
  • Measure / Qty: per 100 ml

HML listing for Gastrographin(external link)

Alternative product

Pharmac listed two alternatives of Gastrografin from the UK and Germany. Supplies of both products were very limited.

We asked hospitals to use up the Bayer Gastrografin (Pharmacode 2345579) first to preserve supplies of the alternatives.

Both products were brought into New Zealand by Link Pharmaceuticals. Hospitals can order from Link or their wholesalers. Order from Link through their email customerservice@linkhealthcare.co.nz 

LHC Pharmacode Description Language List Price Notes Both Listed & Fully Funded
112715   2669102 Gastrografin (sod diatrizoate+meglumine diatrizoate)100mg+660mg/mL soln(100mLx10) English Patient information included $399.00 Original Listing 1 Nov 2023, limited stock
112862   2670038 Gastrografin Germany (sod diatrizoate+meglumine diatrizoate)100mg+660mg/mL soln(100mLx10) German Partial translation of patient information included. $496.80 Second Listing 1 Dec 2023 ample stock. Due by last week of November.

Expired stock

As required by the supply agreement with Pharmac, Bayer must provide a credit for stock purchased which expires before it is able to be used. Hospitals are advised to hold the short-dated stock until after the expiry date lapses, and work through their wholesaler who will approach Bayer for reimbursement of unused stock.

Who to contact

Order the alternatives from Link through their email customerservice@linkhealthcare.co.nz 

If you have any concerns regarding short-dated stock, please contact Bayer directly: 0800 229 376