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.
|Canberra Compounding Chemists||Ainslie 2602||PH: (02) 6248 7708|
|Pharmasave Woden Pharmacy Compounding||Phillip 2606||PH: (02) 6282 3960|
New South Wales
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Winnellie Compounding Pharmacy||The Narrows, 0820||PH: (08) 8981 6888|
|Terry White Chemmart Rosny Park||Rosny Park, 7018||PH: (03) 6244 3921|
|Priceline Pharmacy Launceston Plaza||Launceston, 7250||PH: (03) 6331 7737|