Products Affected - Description
Amikacin solution for injection, Heritage
250 mg/mL, 2 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 23155-0290-41)
250 mg/mL, 4 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 23155-0290-42)
Amikacin solution for injection, Teva
250 mg/mL, 2 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00703-9032-03)
250 mg/mL, 4 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00703-9040-03)
Amikacin injection, West-Ward
250 mg/mL, 2 mL vials, 10 count (NDC 55390-0226-02) - discontinued
Reason for the Shortage
- West-Ward launched amikacin injection in 2 mL and 4 mL vials in December 2015.1
- Teva's product is unavailable due to manufacturing delays.2
- Heritage had amikacin injection on shortage due to manufacturing delays.3
- Fresenius Kabi launched amikacin in early 2016. Both 2 mL and 4 mL vials are available.4
Amikacin solution for injection, Fresenius Kabi
250 mg/mL, 2 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 63323-0815-02)
250 mg/mL, 4 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 63323-0815-04)
Amikacin solution for injection, West-Ward
250 mg/mL, 2 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00641-6166-10)
250 mg/mL, 4 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 00641-6167-10)
Estimated Resupply Dates
- Heritage has both amikacin presentations on allocation.3
- Teva has temporarily discontinued all amikacin presentations and the company cannot estimate a return date.2
Implications for Patient Care
- Amikacin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic. It is effective against many Gram-negative bacteria, including some strains resistant to gentamicin or tobramycin. It is also effective against Staphylococcus aureus and some other Gram-positive bacteria.5,6,7,8,9
- Amikacin is labeled for a variety of indications including bacterial septicemia, burn-related and postoperative infections, serious complicated and recurrent urinary tract infections, and serious bone and joint, intra-abdominal, central nervous system, respiratory tract, and skin and soft tissue infections.5,10
- Amikacin may be the aminoglycoside of choice for serious nosocomial gram-negative infections in areas where resistance to gentamicin or tobramycin is present.8 Amikacin is not degraded by many pathogen-produced enzymes that inactivate other aminoglycosides resulting in drug resistance.5
- Amikacin is the most active aminoglycoside against Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC). It is also effective against other drug-resistant, non-pulmonary Mycobacterium species. Gentamicin and tobramycin have poor activity against these Mycobacterium species.6,8
- Amikacin is a second-line treatment for drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Gentamicin and tobramycin are not considered effective treatments of M. tuberculosis. Streptomycin is also a second-line treatment of M. tuberculosis or a potential first-line alternative if other agents are contraindicated.6,8,10
Target peak and trough concentrations, and timing of concentration measurement vary between aminoglycosides. Perform pharmacokinetic dosing calculations based on the specific agent being used.6,9,10
Alternative Agents & Management
- The choice of an alternative agent must be patient-specific and based on culture, sensitivity, desired tissue penetration, renal function, and site of infection.8 No single agent can be substituted for amikacin.
- Consult an Infectious Disease specialist for patient and infection-specific recommendations. Begin amikacin therapy only if sufficient supplies are available to complete the course of therapy.
- West-Ward (personal communications). July 18, 21, and 30, August 27, October 14, November 26, 2014; January 21, March 11, April 8, May 27, June 25, July 1, August 12, October 29, December 2, 2015; January 6, February 18, and April 26, 2016.
- Teva (personal communications). January 5 and 22, February 4 , 10, and 23, March 2, 9, 23, and 31, April 20, May 18, June 16, July 6 and 29, August 31, September 2, October 15, November 19, December 14 2009; January 20, February 24, March 12, April 2, May 17, June 29, July 12 and 28, August 3, 11, and 30, September 21, October 13 and 25, December 9 and 13, 2010; January 10 and 19, February 4, March 8, April 11, May 31, July 7, August 17, September 20, November 3, December 6, 2011; January 10, February 17, March 27, June 1, August 17, November 20, and December 17, 2012; February 13, March 11, April 2 and 10, May 6, June 11, July 3 and 29, August 12, September 13, October 15, November 11, 2013; January 27, March 12, April 23, June 19, October 13, December 1, 2014; January 23, March 11, April 17, June 2 and 30, July 13, August 18, October 29, December 18, 2015; January 12, and February 26, 2016.
- Heritage (personal communication). February 4 and 11, March 12 and 24, April 23, June 19, July 22, September 11, October 13, December 1, 2014; March 11, April 27, June 3 and 30, August 14, October 29, December 1, 14, and 18, 2015; January 8, February 26, March 22, and April 26,2016.
4. Fresenius Kabi (personal communication). March 25 and April 22, 2016.
- Fresenius Kabi (personal communication). March 25, 2016.
- Amikacin Sulfate [product information]. Eatontown, NJ: Heritage Pharmaceuticals, January 2014.
- Lexi-Drugs Online. Lexi-Comp, Inc.; 2015.
- Gilbert DN, Moellering RC, Eliopoulos GM, Chambers HF, Saag MS. The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2013. 43th edition. Sperryville, VA: Antimicrobial Therapy, Inc, 2013.
- Aminoglycosides. In: McEvoy GK, ed. AHFS 2015 Drug Information. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists; 2015: 23-44.
- Gilbert DN, Leggett JE. Aminoglycosides. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2010: 359-384.
- Drug Facts and Comparisons Online. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Health Inc. March 2015.
Updated April 26, 2016 by Leslie Jensen, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Created July 6, 2010 by Leslie Jensen, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Copyright 2016, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
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