New TGA Medicine Shortages Website
In May 2014, the TGA, working in collaboration with Medicines Australia and the Generic Medicines Industry Association, launched a searchable website to provide up-to-date information on current, anticipated and resolved medicine shortages, as well as discontinued medicines. The website also provides links, where possible, to information on substitute medicines or therapeutic alternatives.
An alert service has also been set up so subscribers can receive instant notifications or a weekly newsletter on medicine shortages.
The website not only provides a single source of information for doctors, pharmacists and patients, but also cuts red tape for drug companies, which will now be able to report shortages by simply completing an online form.