Dexamethasone 10 mg/1 mL Preservative Free SHORTAGE 10.4.18

To:             Physician, Nursing, and Pharmacy Staff

From:        Alan Mader, PharmD, Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator

Date:         10/4/18

Re:             Dexamethasone 10 mg/mL 1 mL Injection PF Shortage

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Situation

 

We have been notified that dexamethasone 10 mg/mL 1 mL PF has been placed on the shortage list.

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Background

 

This shortage has been newly announced.

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Assessment

The quantity of 1 mL PF vials available at NWM, NWH, NWW is 110.  The usual consumption at NWH is approximately 18 per day, with NWM and NWW being less.  Based on that number and the ability to shift product between campuses, we have about a 5 day supply available.  The shortage is expected to last from the end of October to mid-November, so that likelihood that supply will become depleted is strong.
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Recommendation

 

Utilize dexamethasone 10 mg/mL 1mL Injection with preservatives wherever possible.