Polymyxin B Sulfate Injection

[17 November 2014]

Products Affected - Description

Polymyxin B Powder for Solution, West-Ward (formerly Bedford product)
500,000 units per vial, 10 count (NDC 55390-0139-10)
Polymyxin B Powder for Solution, X-Gen
500,000 units per vial, single count (NDC 39822-0166-05)

Reason for the Shortage

  • Fresenius Kabi (formerly APP) could not provide a reason for the shortage.
  • Sagent suspended manufacturing of Polymyxin B sulfate injection in October, 2012.
  • West-Ward Pharmaceuticals’ parent company, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, acquired several products from Bedford Laboratories in July 2014 including polymyxin B sulfate injection. West-Ward is not actively marketing polymyxin B sulfate injection.

Available Products

Polymyxin B Powder for Solution, Fresenius Kabi
500,000 units per vial, 10 count (NDC 63323-0321-10)
Polymyxin B Powder for Solution, X-Gen
500,000 units per vial, 10 count (NDC 39822-0170-02)

Estimated Resupply Dates

X-Gen has Polymyxin B powder 500,000 unit per vial in single count size on back order and the company estimates a release date in mid-January 2015.

Related Shortages


November 17, 2014; October 17, 2014; September 22, 2014; September 10, 2014; August 28, 2014; July 31, 2014; July 23, 2014; July 17, 2014; June 5, 2014; March 31, 2014; January 15, 2014; October 9, 2013; September 12, 2013; August 27, 2013; August 22, 2013; August 15, 2013; May 8, 2013; March 20, 2013; January 25, 2013; November 28, 2012; November 15, 2012, University of Utah, Drug Information Service. Copyright 2014, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.


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