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NEW – Medication Shortage Update – March 2012

by medstaff on March 23, 2012

Attached are updates on many medication shortages that AAMC is currently facing. Click Here. Please note a few of the highlights listed below.  Please forward this to colleagues within your group/service as well.  If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you.

Key urgent issues:

  1. MVI Injection – limited to initial order only, pharmacist with help by contacting prescriber to alert them of change.  All existing orders will need to be adjusted as well.    These will go into effect 3/20/12.
  2. Pantoprazole – all patients will be switched back from esomeprazole to pantoprazole IV effective 3/20/12 afternoon.  We have enough IV pantoprazole for this.  Vigilance still needs on appropriateness for GI prophylaxis use.  Alternative alert will be modified effective 3/20/12 in the afternoon to reflect this.  Pantoprazole drips will be restricted to 72 hours.
  3. Etomidate – restricted to pediatrics use currently; already pulled from all adult code carts.
  4. Metoclopramide – alternative alert goes into effect 3/20/12 in the afternoon alerting prescribers to select alternative antiemetic.

Again please read through attached bulletin – this will be sent to all medical and nursing staff as well.

Jared S. Calish, PharmD; Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator; Anne Arundel Medical Center;; (O) 443-481-4833; (F) 443-481-4842