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Ergonovine Injection

Last Updated: February 9, 2011
Status: Discontinued

Products Affected - Description

Ergonovine maleate 0.2-mg/mL solution for injection (Ergotrate Maleate), Pharmacist Pharmaceutical
1 mL single-dose vials (NDC 63704-0002-01)

Reason for the Shortage

  • Bedford Laboratories discontinued manufacturing ergonovine injection in January 2001.1
  • Pharmacist Pharmaceuticals discontinued manufacturing ergonovine injection around 2009.2
  • There are no other manufacturers of this product.

Estimated Resupply Dates

Pharmacist Pharmaceutical is no longer manufacturing Ergotrate Maleate injection.

Alternative Agents & Management

Ergonovine injection was used off-label for the diagnosis of vasospastic angina. The utility of this testing has been called into question.3

Related Shortages


  1. Bedford Laboratories (personal communications). March 21 and 27, 2002.
  2. Pharmacist Pharmaceutical (personal communications). February 9, 2011.
  3. AdlamD, Azeem T, Ali T, Gershlick A. Is there a role for provocation testing to diagnose coronary artery spasm? International Journal of Cardiology. 2005;102:1-7.


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