[18 November 2010]
Products Affected - Description
Heparin sodium (beef) for injection, 1,000-units/mL in 10 mL and 30 mL vials, 5,000-units/mL in 10 mL multiple-dose vials, and 10,000-units/mL in 1mL and 4mL vials (Pharmacia), 1,000-units/mL in 10 mL and 30 mL vials (American Pharmaceutical Partners)
Reason for the Shortage
- Pharmacia discontinued production of heparin sodium (beef) for injection in April 2002 because the sole raw material supplier had exited the market. Limited supplies remained available during 2003.
- APP discontinued production of heparin sodium (beef) for injection in November, 2002 due to problems obtaining the raw materials.
Estimated Resupply Dates
Heparin sodium (beef) injection is discontinued.
November 18, 2010. University of Utah, Drug Information Service. Copyright 2010, Drug information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
This information is provided through the support of Novation to ASHP solely as a service to its members, which shall not use this information for their further commercial use. The content was prepared by the Drug Information Center of University of Utah. Novation, ASHP, and the University of Utah make no representations or warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, any implied warranty of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose, which respect to such information, and specifically disclaim all such warranties. Users of this information are advised that decisions regarding the use of drugs and drug therapies are complex medical decisions and that in using this information, each user must exercise his or her own independent professional judgment. Neither Novation, ASHP nor the University of Utah assumes any liability for persons administering or receiving drugs or other medical care in reliance upon this information, or otherwise in connection with this bulletin. Neither Novation, ASHP nor University of Utah endorses or recommends the use of any drug.
« Back to Drug Shortage Product Bulletins