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This is an alert regarding Famotidine and Nizatidine, now both listed on the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Medicine Shortage Reports Database (the Database).

All Famotidine is currently listed as “Unavailable” with an anticipated return-to-market date of 29 December 2023. Nizatidine has also been listed on the Database for several months, however, following an update on 23 August 2023, return-to-market dates have been extended, with the majority of Nizatidine not projected to return until 2 February 2024. While a few products are still listed as “Limited Availability”, this typically means the product is available on backorder at the request of healthcare professionals.

Please be reminded that shortage resolution dates can be reduced or extended, so it is useful to check for updates regularly. If you are or will be impacted by this, please take steps to ensure undisrupted access to suitable medications. 

Those impacted by the shortage are recommended to take the following steps: 

Notify your specialist

If you currently rely on Famotidine or Nizatidine, we urge you to promptly notify your specialist about the shortages either directly or through their reception team via phone or email. This proactive communication is vital in obtaining timely guidance on managing your medication needs until the shortages are resolved.

While some specialists may be able to approve a simple change from commercial to compounded medications via email or phone, appointments will likely be required to discuss moving to new medication or to authorise medications via the Personal Importation Scheme or Special Access Scheme.

For those who may find it helpful, TAMS has drafted two template emails to aid in promptly raising the matter of the shortage with your specialist:

Disclaimer: Dates in these templates are accurate as of Monday, 4 September 2023. To ensure that your specialist receives the most current information, we strongly recommend verifying and updating any dates before sending correspondence to your specialist.”

Inform your General Practitioner (GP)

If direct communication with your specialist, including via their reception team, is not feasible, involving your GP may be an effective alternative. Your GP may be able to liaise with the specialist via phone or written correspondence to better establish what options are best suited in your individual circumstances. Recommendations might involve transitioning to non-H2 antagonist medications or compounded H2 antagonists.

Contact your pharmacy

If you have scripts/repeats remaining for Famotidine or Nizatidine, please engage with your Pharmacy to establish if adequate stock is available in-house or which can be ordered through suppliers and reserved for you to ensure that all repeats on your script can be filled.

Pricing for compounded medications

Please be reminded that compounding chemists are free to set and adjust their prices as they see fit. As such, we recommend seeking multiple quotes, including from interstate chemists. When you find an agreeable price, it can also be beneficial to ask if the chemist will “lock in” pricing for the duration of repeats on the script. Please note this is not required of chemists.

TAMS has compiled a list of compounding chemists from each region to assist individuals transitioning to compounded medication during the shortages to make multiple inquiries and ensure agreeable pricing.

Australian Capital Territory 

Name  Region Contact 
Canberra Compounding Chemists Ainslie 2602 PH: (02) 6248 7708
Pharmasave Woden Pharmacy Compounding Phillip 2606 PH: (02) 6282 3960


New South Wales 

Name  Region Contact 
Nile Compounding Chemist Arncliffe, 2205 PH: (02) 9597 5990
Reda Compounding Chemist Fairfield, 2165 PH: (02) 8722 0779
Kingsway Compounding Brookvale, 2100 PH: 1300 564 799
TerryWhite Chemmart Chatswood Compounding Chatswood, 2067 PH: (02) 9419 4626
Amcal Compounding Pharmacy Balmain, 2041 PH: (02) 9818 5822
Windang Pharmacy And Compounding Centre Windang, 2528 PH: (02) 4295 1901
Your Discount Chemist  Port Macquarie, 2444 PH: (02) 6585 9200
Hospital Hill Pharmacy Wollongong, 2500 PH: (02) 42294131
Bellambi Pharmacy Bellambi, 2518 PH: (02) 4284 3985
Pharmacy 777 Albion Park, 2527 PH: (02) 4256 4610
Queanbeyan Compounding Karabar, 2620 PH: (02) 6297 3670
NexGen Pharma Castle Hill, 2154 PH: (02) 8840 2779



Name  Region Contact 
Victoria Point Pharmacy Victoria Point, 4165 PH: (07) 3207 7481
Camira Pharmacy Compounding Chemist Camira, 4300 PH: (07) 3818 6588
Aspley Day & Night Pharmacy Aspley, 4034 PH: (07) 3263 9206
Tugun Compounding Pharmacy Tugun, 4224 PH: (07) 5598 2411
Mix Pharmacy Springwood Ipswich, 4305 PH: (07) 3281 2061
The Wesley Pharmacy Milton, 4064 PH: (07) 3371 1754
Scotts Street Pharmacy Toowoomba, 4350 PH: (07) 4638 2538
TerryWhite Chemmart Belgian Gardens Compounding Belgian Gardens, 4810 PH: (07) 4771 5565
National Custom Compounding Merrimac, 4226 PH: 0447 012 709



Name  Region Contact 
Elixir Compounding Pharmacy Ferntree Gully 3156 PH: (03) 9758 8375
HealthSmart Pharmacy VCCC Melbourne 3052 PH: (03) 9045 9777
HealthSmart Pharmacy Alfred Melbourne, 3004 PH: (03) 9521 2233
Heathershaw’s Compounding Pharmacy Glen Iris 3146 PH: (03) 9509 7912
Melbourne Compounding Centre Seddon 3011 PH: (03) 9689 0833
Slade Pharmacy Waverley 3149 PH: (03) 9565 4400
Hampshire Pharmacy Compounding Sunshine 3020 PH: (03) 9311 1417
Thompson’s Pharmacy Eltham 3095 PH: (03) 9439 9249
South Melbourne Compounding Pharmacy South Melbourne 3205 PH: (03) 9690 5240
Craven’s Compounding Pharmacy Albert Park 3206 PH: (03) 9690 5426


Western Australia

Name  Region Contact 
Oxford Compounding North Perth 6006 PH: (08) 9225 9400
Fremantle Central Pharmacy Fremantle 6160 PH: (08) 9335 2786
McKenzies Compounding Chemist Mt Lawley 6050 PH: (08) 9272 8726
Kalgoorlie Pharmacy Kalgoorlie 6430 PH: (08) 9091 2221
Main Street Pharmacy Osborne Park 6017 PH: (08) 9344 2625


South Australia

Name  Region Contact 
Pooraka Compounding Pharmacy Pooraka 5095 PH: (08) 8349 8551
Marion Compounding Pharmacy Marion 5043 PH: (08) 8276 8600
TerryWhite Chemmart Marion Compounding Marion 5043 PH: (08) 8276 8600
Green Dispensary Compounding St Peters, 5069 PH: 1300 622 262


Northern Territory 

Name  Region Contact 
Winnellie Compounding Pharmacy The Narrows, 0820 PH: (08) 8981 6888


Name  Region Contact 
Terry White Chemmart Rosny Park Rosny Park, 7018 PH: (03) 6244 3921
Priceline Pharmacy Launceston Plaza Launceston, 7250 PH: (03) 6331 7737

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