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Sufentanil Injection

Last Updated: June 4, 2018
Status: Current

Products Affected - Description
    • Sufenta solution for injection, Akorn, 50 mcg/mL, 1 mL ampule, 10 count, NDC 17478-0050-01
    • Sufenta solution for injection, Akorn, 50 mcg/mL, 2 mL ampule, 10 count, NDC 17478-0050-02
    • Sufenta solution for injection, Akorn, 50 mcg/mL, 5 mL ampule, 10 count, NDC 17478-0050-05
    • Sufentanil solution for injection, Pfizer, 50 mcg/mL, 1 mL vial, 10 count, NDC 00409-3382-21
    • Sufentanil solution for injection, Pfizer, 50 mcg/mL, 5 mL vial, 10 count, NDC 00409-3382-25
    • Sufentanil solution for injection, West-Ward, 50 mcg/mL, 5 mL ampule, 10 count, NDC 00641-6112-10
Reason for the Shortage
    • Pfizer has sufentanil injection on shortage due to manufacturing delays.
    • Akorn has Sufenta injection on shortage due to increased demand for the product.
    • West-Ward did not provide a reason for the shortage.
Available Products
    • Sufentanil solution for injection, Pfizer, 50 mcg/mL, 2 mL vial, 10 count, NDC 00409-3382-22

Estimated Resupply Dates

    • Pfizer has sufentanil 50 mcg/mL 1 mL and 5 mL vials on back order and the company estimates a release date of early-August 2018 for the 1 mL vials and December 2018 for the 5 mL vials.
    • Akorn has Sufenta 50 mcg/mL 1 mL and 2 mL ampules on allocation. The 5 mL ampules are on back order and the company estimates a release date of mid-June 2018.
    • West-Ward has sufentanil 50 mcg/mL 5 mL ampules available with an expiration date of July 2018.

Implications for Patient Care

    • ASHP has an FAQ on the injectable opioid shortage at https://www.ashp.org/Drug-Shortages/Shortage-Resources/Injectable-Opioid-Shortages-FAQ. This discusses multiple issues including inventory and pharmacy operational strategies.

Updated

Updated June 4, 2018 by Megan Dryer, PharmD. Created January 12, 2018 by Michelle Wheeler, PharmD, Drug Information Specialist. Copyright 2018, Drug Information Service, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

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