Shortages catalogue

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The shortages catalogue contains information on medicine shortages that affect or are likely to affect more than one European Union (EU) Member State, where the European Medicines Agency has assessed the shortage and provided recommendations to patients and healthcare professionals across the EU.

It does not give a complete overview of all medicine shortages occurring in the EU, as most shortages are dealt with at a national level.

For each shortage listed below, additional information about the situation in a specific country may be available from the national competent authority.

There may be medicines in short supply that are not listed here. If you cannot find information on a medicine in short supply or you would like further information, please visit the website of your national competent authority.

If you are having difficulty obtaining a medicine that has been prescribed to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.  

Current shortages

Document(s)StatusFirst publishedLast updated
Cerezyme (imiglucerase) supply shortageOngoing04/11/2013 
Cinryze (C1 inhibitor, human)Ongoing06/08/2018 
DepoCyte (cytarabine) supply shortageOngoing19/01/2017 23/06/2017
Maci (matrix applied characterised autologous cultured chondrocytes) implant supply shortageOngoing04/07/2014 
Nulojix (belatacept)Ongoing17/03/201713/03/2018
Orgalutran (ganirelix) supply shortageOngoing16/02/2017 
Tygacil (tigecycline) supply shortageOngoing22/05/2015 

Resolved shortages

Document(s)StatusFirst publishedLast updated
Arixtra (fondaparinux sodium)Resolved07/07/201721/03/2018
Buccolam (midazolam) supply shortageResolved25/04/201430/03/2015
Cinryze (C1 inhibitor, human)Resolved29/06/201706/11/2017
Enbrel (etanercept) supply shortage Resolved19/02/2014 07/05/2014
Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta) supply shortageResolved04/11/201307/06/2016
Increlex (macasermin) shortage resolutionResolved20/12/2013 
Inductos (dibotermin alfa) shortage resolutionResolved15/08/2017 
Insuman Basal and Comb 25 (insulin human) supply shortageResolved01/12/201518/11/2016
Insuman Rapid, Basal and Comb (insulin human) supply shortageResolved31/03/201525/09/2015
Taxotere (docetaxel)Resolved19/09/2016 
Trisenox (arsenic trioxide)Resolved31/07/201706/09/2018
Xofigo (radium-223 dichloride) supply shortageResolved17/10/201430/04/2015