Amikacin Injection

[04 November 2015]

Products Affected - Description

Amikacin injection, Heritage
250 mg/mL, 2 mL vials, 10 count (NDC 23155-0290-41)
250 mg/mL, 4 mL vial, 10 count (NDC 23155-0290-42)
Amikacin injection, Teva
250 mg/mL, 4 mL vials, 10 count (NDC 00703-9040-03)
Amikacin injection, West-Ward
250 mg/mL, 2 mL vials, 10 count (NDC 55390-0226-02)

Reason for the Shortage

  • West-Ward Pharmaceuticals' parent company, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, acquired amikacin injection from Bedford in July 2014. West-Ward is not actively marketing amikacin 250 mg/mL 4 mL vials at this time.1
  • West-Ward has amikacin injection on shortage due to manufacturing delays.1
  • Teva's product is unavailable due to manufacturing delays.2
  • Heritage has amikacin injection on shortage due to manufacturing delays.3

Available Products

Amikacin injection, Teva
250 mg/mL, 2 mL vials, 10 count (NDC 00703-9032-03)

Estimated Resupply Dates

  • Heritage has amikacin 2 mL and 4 mL vials on back order and the company estimates a release date in mid-to-late November 2015.3
  • Teva has amikacin 4 mL vials on back order and the company estimates a release date in late-December 2015.2
  • West-Ward has amikacin 2 mL vials on back order and the company cannot estimate a release date.1

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.4-8
  • 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.4,9
  • Amikacin may be the aminoglycoside of choice for serious nosocomial gram-negative infections in areas where resistance to gentamicin or tobramycin is present.7 Amikacin is not degraded by many pathogen-produced enzymes that inactivate other aminoglycosides resulting in drug resistance.4
  • 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.5,7
  • 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.5,7,9


Target peak and trough concentrations, and timing of concentration measurement vary between aminoglycosides. Perform pharmacokinetic dosing calculations based on the specific agent being used.5,8,9

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.

Related Shortages


  1. 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, and October 29, 2015.
  2. 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, and October 29, 2015.
    3. 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, and October 29, 2015.
  3. 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, and August 14, 2015.
  4. Amikacin Sulfate [product information]. Eatontown, NJ: Heritage Pharmaceuticals, January 2014.
  5. Lexi-Drugs Online. Lexi-Comp, Inc.; 2015.
  6. 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.
  7. Aminoglycosides. In: McEvoy GK, ed. AHFS 2015 Drug Information. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists; 2015: 23-44.
  8. 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.
  9. Drug Facts and Comparisons Online. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Health Inc. March 2015.


Updated November 4, 2015 by Jane Chandramouli, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Created July 6, 2010 by Leslie Jensen, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Copyright 2015, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.


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