Diatrizoate meglumine with sodium amidotrizoate (Gastrografin) oral liquid: Supply issue
There is a supply issue affecting diatrizoate meglumine with sodium amidotrizoate (Gastrografin) oral liquid (Pharmacode 2345579).
Hospitals have alerted Pharmac that stock on hand of diatrizoate meglumine with sodium amidotrizoate (Gastrografin) oral liquid is short-dated with stock expiring in October and November.
Due to a global delay in manufacturing, the supplier for Gastrografin, Bayer, is 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
Pharmac has listed two alternatives of Gastrografin from the UK and Germany. Supplies of both products are very limited.
We ask hospitals to use up the Bayer Gastrografin (Pharmacode 2345579) first to preserve supplies of the alternatives.
Both products have been brought into New Zealand by Link Pharmaceuticals. Hospitals can order from Link or their wholesalers. Order from Link through their email email@example.com
|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.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any concerns regarding short-dated stock, please contact Bayer directly: 0800 229 376