Nicardipine Hydrochloride Injection

[24 February 2016]

Products Affected - Description

Nicardipine hydrochloride injection, Caraco
2.5 mg/mL, 10 mL ampule, 10 count (NDC 41616-0882-44)
Nicardipine hydrochloride injection, Sandoz
2.5 mg/mL, 10 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00781-3204-95)

Reason for the Shortage

  • American Regent has never started manufacturing nicardipine injection.
  • Caraco has temporarily discontinued nicardipine injection and it is unclear if product will return.
  • Chiesi acquired Cornerstone Therapeutics and changed the companies name in 2014. Cardene ampules were discontinued in March 2014. All premixed bags are available.
  • Mylan Institutional has had nicardipine injection temporarily unavailable since 2013 and it is unclear if product will return.
  • Sandoz has had nicardipine injection temporarily unavailable since 2013 and it is unclear if product will return.
  • West-Ward has nicardipine available.
  • Wockhardt has nicardipine on shortage due to an FDA import alert. It is unclear if product willreturn.

Available Products

Cardene injection, Chiesi
40 mg/200 mL in 5% dextrose, 10 count (NDC 24477-0324-02)
40 mg/200 mL in 0.9% sodium chloride, 10 count (NDC 24477-0323-02)
20 mg/200 mL in 5% dextrose, 10 count (NDC 24477-0312-02)
20 mg/200 mL in 0.9% sodium chloride, 10 count (NDC 24477-0311-02)
Nicardipine Hydrochloride injection, West-Ward
2.5 mg/mL, 10 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00143-9689-10)

Estimated Resupply Dates

All marketed presentations in production are available.


West-Ward's nicardipine hydrochloride injection 2.5 mg/mL 10 mL vials contain benzoic acid and sodium chloride as excipients compared to other generic nicardipine 2.5 mg/mL 10 mL vials and ampules, which contain citric acid and sorbitol as excipients.

Related Shortages


February 24 and 3, 2016; November 18, September 2, July 30, June 1, March 2, 2015; December 1, September 15, July 22 and 2, May 30 and 1, March 3, February 21, January 17, 2014; December 27 and 4, October 25, September 26, 23 and 12, August 22 and 1, June 28, May 31, April 10, March 14, February 7, 2013; December 12, September 6, June 29, February 15, January 20, 2012; November 18, September 21, August 11, June 9, April 27, March 30, January 21, 2011; November 12, October 1, September 15, July 30, June 8, May 5, March 19, February 22, January 12, 2010; November 6, September 21, August 6, June 9, April 20, March 9, February 18, January 12, 2009; December 2, November 10, October 17, 2008, University of Utah, Drug Information Service. Copyright 2016, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.


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