The 2018 Ketamine Shortage


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David Says:

According to the FDA, there is a current shortage of Ketamine Injections, which is administered therapeutically as anesthesia, but does have other off-label uses based on related threads here on MedsChat, so I wanted to share this information to help spread awareness to any patients who may be left wondering what happened. The shortage reportedly started on 02/16/2018, but currently remains in effect as per the FDA's website.

The drug companies that were affected by this shortage recently updated their status to verify the current shortage and are listed as follows:

Hospira, Inc. (Reverified 07/20/2018)
Mylan Institutional (Revised 07/31/2018)
Par Pharmaceutical (Revised 07/18/2018)
West-Ward Pharmaceuticals (Revised 07/20/2018)

Reason For Shortage: Mylan, Par and West-Ward all reported reasons for the shortage simply due to an increased demand for Ketamine. Apparently, none of the companies were prepared, albeit Hospira did not list a reason for their shortage.

Estimated Availability / Shortage Duration: Q4 of 2018 through 2019 (with intermittent availability from West-Ward, Par and Mylan). West-Ward reportedly has additional lots that are scheduled to be manufactured and available in the August 2018 timeframe. They go on to state that the product will be made available as soon as it is released.


Please post back if you have any thoughts on this shortage or other inside information relating to Ketamine availability.

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