[15 October 2013]
Products Affected - Description
Rifampin for injection, Akorn
600 mg lyophilized vial (NDC 17478-0151-42) - discontinued
Rifampin for injection, Bedford
600 mg lyophilized vial (NDC 55390-0123-01)
Rifampin for injection, Pfizer
600 mg lyophilized vial (NDC 00069-0112-01)
Reason for the Shortage
- Ben Venue has stopped production in its plant in Bedford, Ohio and will close in early 2014. Ben Venue supplies multiple sterile injectable products for Bedford Laboratories. Supplies of product that has already been manufactured will continue to be released until inventory is depleted. Bedford Laboratories has a small number of products manufactured elsewhere that are not affected by this closure.
- Pfizer has rifampin injection on back order due to a manufacturing issue resulting in potential for product discoloration and possible impurities or potency issues. This information is addressed in a Dear Healthcare Professional letter.
- Akorn discontinued rifampin in September 2013 due to shortage of raw material.
Rifadin injection, Sanofi-Aventis
600 mg lyophilized vial (NDC 00068-0597-01)
Estimated Resupply Dates
- Bedford has rifampin 600 mg vials on long-term back order and the company cannot estimate a release date. Ben Venue manufactured rifampin for Bedford.
- Pfizer has rifampin for injection on back order with an estimated release date of January 2014.
October 15, 2013; October 9, 2013; September 12, 2013; July 23, 2013; June 26, 2013; June 19, 2013; May 28, 2013; May 20, 2013; April 10, 2013; March 22, 2013. Copyright 2013, University of Utah, Drug Information Service
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