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Product Supply Updates

From time to time we may experience shortages of some products and may divest or discontinue others. The tables below provide further information on this.

For healthcare professionals who require more information about shortages, please contact MSD Ireland on +353 1 299 8700.

If you are a patient seeking information on how shortages may affect your treatment, we recommend that you consult your doctor.

For more information about our products, please call our medical information line via our switchboard on +353 1 299 8700.


Notifications

Product Recall Notification - ZERBAXA (ceftolozane/tazobactam)

This is to inform you of a voluntary global recall of all batches of ZERBAXA (ceftolozane/tazobactam).  This recall is going to hospital level and in Ireland this action has been agreed with the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). 

Due to a recent manufacturing issue identified during routine internal post-manufacturing release testing of ZERBAXA (ceftolozane/tazobactam), manufacturing of the product was stopped.  The testing produced sterility results that were out of specification.  

Our internal investigation is ongoing and a root cause for the test results that were out of specification has not been determined.  Therefore, the scope of the investigation includes all ZERBAXA batches within expiry. 

We are currently notifying healthcare providers and customers and these letters can be viewed here.

 

Caution in Use Communication Reminder - Sinemet® Plus (carbidopa/levodopa) 25mg/100mg Tablets & Sinemet® (carbidopa/levodopa) 12.5mg/50mg Tablets

On June 2nd, 2020, we wrote to Healthcare Professionals advising them on guidance regarding tablet subdivision and tablet removal from blister packaging for MSD’s Sinemet® Plus (carbidopa/levodopa) 25mg/100mg Tablets & Sinemet (carbidopa/levodopa) 12.5mg/50mg Tablets.  A reminder letter was also issued on December 14th, 2020, highlighting the advice previously issued and asking all healthcare professionals to communicate this information to patients.  These letters can be accessed here

 

Zoely® 2.5 mg/1.5 mg film-coated tablets

As of 1st July 2020, Zoely® 2.5 mg/1.5 mg film-coated tablets is no longer supplied by MSD - refer to Theramex for more information.

 

COVID-19

We continue to track the COVID-19 outbreak closely and are focused on the safety of our employees and their families, continuity of supply and clinical trials, and supporting communities affected by this outbreak. Our thoughts are with the people of all affected areas.


False Medicines Directive

In 2011 the European Commission passed the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), requiring the implementation of safety features to avoid falsified medicines being dispensed to patients.  This came into effect in February 2019 and all prescription medicines must now be scanned by the pharmacist at the point of dispensing. 

 Pharmacists can report a suspected Falsified Medicine by phoning MSD Ireland at 01 299 8700.

 If you have any additional queries or require any further information please contact the Irish Medicines Verification Organisation directly on their website at imvo.ie


Current Supply Shortages

Product Description Supply Status Shortage From Shortage To Spc Link
  • GARDASIL 0.5ML 1DOSE SYR
Out of Stock end Nov'20 MSD have now transitioned to Gardasil9 which is currently in stock Preview
  • ZERBAXA 1G/0.5G 10X20ML VIAL IRL
Out of Stock 17th Dec'20 Currently no indication on expected resupply Preview
  • TEMODAL 180MG 5CAP SACHET 
Out of Stock 12th Nov'21 early December Preview

PRODUCTS DISCONTINUED

Product Description Therapy Area Date Discontinued From
  • ELONVA 150MCG SYR
Fertility Jun-18
  • ELONVA 100MCG SYR
Fertility Jun-18
  • ARCOXIA 90MG 5TAB
Pain & Inflammation Mar-18
  • MULTILOAD CU 375 1PC
Contraception Mar-14
  • NORCURON 10MG 10X5ML VIAL
Anaesthesia Apr-14
  • NUVARING 0.120MG/0.015MG 3RING
Contraception Jun-16
  • PREGNYL 5000IU 1AMP
Fertility Dec-17
  • PUREGON SOLUTION 100IU/0.5ML VL
Fertility Jun-18
  • PUREGON SOLUTION 50IU/0.5ML VIAL 
Fertility Jun-18
  • REBETOL 200MG 4X21CAP 
Anti-Viral / Hep C Dec-17
  • REBETOL 200MG 7X20CAP 
Anti-Viral / Hep C Dec-17
  • VICTRELIS 200MG 4X7X12CAP
Anti-Viral / Hep C Jun-16
  • VIRAFERONPEG CLEARCK 50MCG 1PEN
Anti-Viral / Hep C Jan-17
  • VIRAFERONPEG CLEARCK 80MCG 1PEN
Anti-Viral / Hep C Jan-17
  • VIRAFERONPEG CLEARCK 100MCG 1PEN
Anti-Viral / Hep C Jan-17
  • VIRAFERONPEG CLEARCK 120MCG 1PEN
Anti-Viral / Hep C Jan-17
  • VIRAFERONPEG CLEARCK 150MCG 1PEN
Anti-Viral / Hep C Jan-17
  • MODURET 2.5/25mg 28 TAB
Diuretic Oct-18
  • INTRON A 10MIU VIAL
Oncology Dec-18
  • INTRON A 18MIU PEN
Oncology Dec-18
  • INTRON A 25MIU 2.5ML VIAL
Oncology Dec-18
  • INTRON A 60MIU PEN
Oncology Dec-18
  • INTRON A 30MIU PEN
Oncology Dec-18
  • ARCOXIA 120MG 7TAB
Pain Feb-19
  • ASMANEX TWISTHALER 400MCG 30 DOSE
Respiratory Feb-19
  • ASMANEX TWISTHALER 400MCG 60DOSE
Respiratory Feb-19
  • ASMANEX TWISTHALER 200MCG 30DOSE
Respiratory Feb-19
  • ASMANEX TWISTHALER 200MCG 60DOSE
Respiratory Feb-19
  • SINGULAIR 4MG 4X7TAB
Respiratory Feb-19
  • INNOZIDE 20/12.5MG 4X7TAB
Cardiovascular Jun-19
  • ZINPLAVA 1000MG VIAL
Anti-Microbial Jun-19
  • ZEPATIER 100/50MG 2x14 TABS
Hep C Jun-19
  • REBETOL 200MG 8x21CAP
Hep C Jun-19
  • PUREGON 600IU/0.72ML CARTRIDGE
Fertility Sep-19
  • KEYTRUDA 50MG VIAL
Oncology Sep-19
  • ZISPIN 30MG 30 TAB
Antidepressant Jun-20
  • SIVEXTRO TABS 200MG 6
Anti-Microbial Jan-20
  • SIVEXTRO IV 200MG 6
Anti-Microbial Jan-20
  • COZAAR 2.5MG/ML SACHET FOR ORAL SUSPENSION
Hypertension Oct-19
  • ELOCON 0.1% w/w SCALP LOTION
Dermatology Jun-20
  • PUREGON 300IU/0.36ML CARTRIDGE
Fertility Dec-19
  • PUREGON 900IU/1.08ML CARTRIDGE
Fertility Dec-19
  • RESTANDOL 40MG 60CAP
Testosterone replacement therapy Nov-19
  • PUREGON PEN INJECTOR
Fertility Dec-19
  • ORGALUTRAN 250MCG/0.5ML 1SYR
Fertility Dec-19
  • ZISPIN SOLTAB 15MG 30 TAB
Antidepressant Dec-20

FUTURE DISCONTINUATIONS

Product Description Therapy Area Date Discontinued From
  • REBETOL ORAL SOL 40mg/ml 100ml
Anti-Viral / Hep C 30th May 2022