Chloroprocaine Injection

[25 July 2014]

Products Affected - Description

Chloroprocaine injection, West-Ward (formerly Bedford products)
20 mg/mL preservative-free, 20 mL vials (NDC 55390-0403-20)
30 mg/mL preservative-free, 20 mL vials (NDC 55390-0404-20)
Nesacaine injection, Fresenius Kabi
10 mg/mL with preservative, 30 mL vial, 25 count (NDC 63323-0475-37)
20 mg/mL with preservative, 30 mL vial, 25 count (NDC 63323-0476-37)

Nesacaine-MPF injection, Fresenius Kabi
20 mg/mL preservative-free, 20 mL vials, 25 count (NDC 63323-0477-27)
30 mg/mL preservative-free, 20 mL vials, 25 count (NDC 63323-0478-27)

Reason for the Shortage

  • West-Ward Pharmaceuticals’ parent company, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, acquired several products from Bedford Laboratories in July 2014 including chloroprocaine injection.
  • Hospira discontinued chloroprocaine injection in January, 2012 due to inability to obtain raw materials. All supply was depleted in January.
  • Fresenius Kabi (formerly APP) has transitioned from 1 count presentations to 25 count sizes. All 1 count presentations were depleted in early 2012.
  • Fresenius Kabi (formerly APP) had Nesacaine on shortage from depletion of raw materials due increased demand for the product.

Available Products

There is insufficient supply for usual ordering.

Estimated Resupply Dates

  • West-Ward had chloroprocaine on back order and the company cannot estimate a release date.
  • Fresenius Kabi has Nesacaine 10 mg/mL and 20 mg/mL 30 mL vials with preservative and Nesacaine-MPF 20 mg/mL 20 mL preservative-free vials available but the product is short-dated with 3 month dating or less. Nesacaine-MPF 30 mg/mL 20 mL vials are on back order and the company estimates a release date of late-August 2014.

Related Shortages


July 25, 2014; July 16, 2014; May 29, 2014; April 4, 2014; February 11, 2014; December 11, 2013; October 9, 2013; August 8, 2013; May 30, 2013; March 5, 2013; December 19, 2012; November 6, 2012; November 2, 2012; September 28, 2012; August 28, 2012; August 9, 2012; July 5, 2012; June 15, 2012; May 30, 2012; May 17, 2012; April 24, 2012; April 11, 2012; March 21, 2012; March 7, 2012; February 22, 2012; February 1, 2012; December 28, 2011; December 14, 2011; November 21, 2011; November 11, 2011; October 17, 2011, University of Utah, Drug Information Service. Copyright 2014, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.


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