Benztropine Injection

[20 August 2015]

Products Affected - Description

Benztropine intravenous injection, Akorn
1 mg/mL, 2 mL ampules, 5 count (NDC 17478-0012-02)
Benztropine intravenous injection, American Regent
1 mg/mL, 2 mL vials, 5 count (NDC 00517-0785-05) - discontinued

Benztropine intravenous injection, Fresenius Kabi
1 mg/mL, 2 mL vials, 5 count (NDC 63323-0970-02)
Benztropine intravenous injection, Nexus Pharmaceuticals
1 mg/mL, 2 mL vials, 5 count (NDC 14789-0300-02) - discontinued

Benztropine intravenous injection, West-Ward
1 mg/mL, 2 mL ampules, 5 count (NDC 00143-9729-05)
Cogentin intravenous injection, Akorn
1 mg/mL, 2 mL ampules, 5 count (NDC 76478-0611-02)

Reason for the Shortage

  • American Regent discontinued benztropine injection in May 2015.
  • Fresenius Kabi recalled benztropine injection due to potential for glass particles in the vials. The product is on long-term back order.
  • Nexus divested benztropine injection to Fresenius Kabi in 2012.

Available Products

Insufficient supply for usual ordering.

Estimated Resupply Dates

  • Akorn has both benztropine injection and Cogentin available in limited quantities available by direct order.
  • Fresenius Kabi has benztropine injection on long-term back order and the company cannot estimate a release date.
  • West-Ward has benztropine 1 mg/mL 2 mL ampules available but with expiration dates of October 2015 and December 2015. West-Ward has an estimated release date of early-October 2015 for product with good dating.


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