Shortage of Ativan (lorazepam) Injection 4 mg in 1 ml

· London and South East Regional Medicines Information

Pfizer, the sole licensed UK supplier, is experiencing a short-term supply issue with limited supplies available until week commencing 2nd March. A total out of stock is expected from 6th March to week commencing 16th March. Importers can source limited supplies of unlicensed imports of lorazepam 4mg/ml injection, however, the average lead time is 4-6 weeks. During this period there is also likely to be very limited supplies of diazepam injection (Diazemuls and solution for injection) and therefore healthcare professionals are encouraged to agree treatment approaches that are not dependent on the availability of these two medicines and prioritise stocks of any available lorazepam for indications where it is not deemed safe to use the alternatives discussed in memo.

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