Diltiazem Injection

[24 November 2015]

Products Affected - Description

Diltiazem injection, Akorn
5 mg/mL, 5 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 17478-0937-05)
5 mg/mL, 10 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 17478-0937-10)
5 mg/mL, 25 mL vial, 1 count (NDC 17478-0937-25)
5 mg/mL, 25 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 17478-0937-26)
Diltiazem injection, Hospira
5 mg/mL, 5 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00409-1171-01)
5 mg/mL, 10 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00409-1171-02)
Diltiazem lyophilized powder for solution for injection, Hospira
100 mg, ADD-Vantage vial, 10 count (NDC 00409-4350-03)
Diltiazem injection, West-Ward
5 mg/mL, 25 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00641-6015-10)

Reason for the Shortage

  • Ben Venue stopped production in its plant in Bedford, Ohio and closed in July 2014.
  • Hospira states the reasons for the shortage are manufacturing delays and increases in demand.
  • West-Ward had diltiazem injection on shortage due to manufacturing delays caused by increased demand due to current market conditions.
  • Akorn states the reason for the shortage is increased demand due to market conditions.
  • Teva discontinued all diltiazem presentations in March, 2011.
  • Biovail discontinued Cardizem Lyo-Ject in 2007 due to business reasons.

Available Products

Diltiazem injection, West-Ward
5 mg/mL, 5 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00641-6013-10)
5 mg/mL, 10 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00641-6014-10)

Estimated Resupply Dates

  • Akorn has all diltiazem injection presentations on back order and the company estimates a release date of mid-December 2015. This will be a limited release.
  • Hospira has diltiazem 5 mg/mL 5 mL and 10 mL vials and 100 mg ADD-Vantage vials on allocation.
  • West-Ward has diltiazem 5 mg/mL 25 mL vials on allocation with weekly releases.

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November 24, October 28, September 17 and 1, July 23, June 25, 2015, University of Utah, Drug Information Service. Copyright 2015, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.


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