Cisplatin Injection

[28 July 2015]

Products Affected - Description

Cisplatin injection, Fresenius Kabi
1 mg/mL, 100 mL vial, single count (NDC 63323-0103-65)
Cisplatin injection, WG Critical Care
1 mg/mL, 100 mL vial, 1 count (NDC 44567-0510-01)

Reason for the Shortage

  • Fresenius Kabi states the shortage was due to increased demand and manufacturing delays.1  
  • Mylan Institutional could not provide a reason for the shortage.2
  • Teva was allocating cisplatin to prevent stockpiling.3
  • WG Critical Care has product available for contracted customers.4

Available Products

Cisplatin injection, Fresenius Kabi
1 mg/mL, 50 mL vial, single count (NDC 63323-0103-51)
1 mg/mL, 200 mL vial, single count (NDC 63323-0103-64)

Cisplatin injection, Mylan Institutional
1 mg/mL, 50 mL vial, single count (NDC 67457-0425-51)
1 mg/mL, 100 mL vial, single count (NDC 67457-0424-10)
Cisplatin injection, Teva
1 mg/mL, 50 mL vial, single count (NDC 00703-5747-11)
1 mg/mL, 100 mL vial, single count (NDC 00703-5748-11)

Cisplatin injection, WG Critical Care
1 mg/mL, 50 mL vial, single count (NDC 44567-0509-01)

Estimated Resupply Dates

  • Fresenius Kabi has cisplatin 100 mL vials on allocation.1
  • WG Critical Care has cisplatin 100 mL vials available for contracted customers only.4

Implications for Patient Care

  • Cisplatin is a platinum-based alkylating agent. It is labeled for use as a single agent for the treatment of advanced transitional cell bladder cancer, and in combination with other antineoplastic agents for the treatment of metastatic testicular cancer and metastatic ovarian cancer.5-7
  • Cisplatin is used off-label for a variety of neoplastic diseases including squamous cell head and neck cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, osteosarcoma, esophageal cancer, adrenal cortex carcinoma, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, or liver cancer, and in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. It has also been used off-label in children for the treatment of brain tumors and osteosarcoma. 5-7
  • Refer to national guidelines such as those from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network ( or American Society of Clinical Oncology ( for additional information regarding therapeutic use.


  • Chemotherapy agents, such as cisplatin, pose additional safety risks both for patients and for healthcare workers handling these agents.5-7
  • Use additional caution when processing orders for chemotherapy drugs, especially when switching between chemotherapy agents or when processing orders for chemotherapy agents with which staff may be unfamiliar (eg, those not normally prescribed at a specific institution).5-7

Alternative Agents & Management

  • The choice of an alternative agent must be patient-specific and based on renal function, liver function, and the neoplasm type and location. No single agent can be substituted for cisplatin.5-7
  • Consider evaluating the health-care system’s total supply of cisplatin before beginning patients on combination chemotherapy regimens containing cisplatin. If adequate supplies are not available, select an alternative regimen.
  • Consult a Hematology/Oncology specialist for patient- and neoplasm-specific recommendations.
  • Refer to the ASHP Guidelines on Managing Drug Product Shortages for more guidance on developing a multidisciplinary plan when the supply must be allocated.

Related Shortages


  1. Fresenius Kabi (personal communications). May 16, 19, and 28, June 23, August 4, 11, and 19, September 5, 12, and 22, October 7, November 4, December 3, 2014; January 14, February 24, March 25, April 20, June 25, and July 17 and 23, 2015.
  2. Mylan Institutional (personal communications). May 16, June 9, August 1, September 8, October 7, November 4, December 3, 2014; and January 14, March 26, April 27, June 25, and July 23, 2015.
  3. Teva (personal communications). May 19, August 4, September 11, October 7, December 3, 2014; January 15, February 25, April 27, and June 23, 2015.
  4. WG Critical Care (personal communications). May 21, August 1, September 8, October 7, November 5, December 3, 2014; January 15, February 25, April 27, June 23, and July 27, 2015.
  5. Antineoplastic agents. In: McEvoy GK, ed. AHFS 2015 Drug Information. Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists; 2015: 839-1281.
  6. Drug Facts and Comparisons Online. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Health Inc. March 2015.
  7. Lexi-Drugs Online. Lexi-Comp, Inc.; 2015.


Updated July 28, 2015 by Jane Chandramouli, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Created September 10, 2010, by Michelle M. Wheeler, PharmD, and M. Christina Beckwith, PharmD, Drug Information Specialists. Copyright 2015, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.


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