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March 2022 Formulary Update - effective March 31, 2022

The Issue: As supply of the LifeShield™ (Pfizer) calcium chloride 100 mg/mL (10%) X 10 mL pre-filled syringes (PFS) continues to deplete, NH Pharmacy has started to bring in the alternate product from SteriMax to ensure continued access in NH.

The issue: EPINEPHrine 1 mg/10 mL pre-filled syringes (PFS) remain in short supply from the sole source vendor in Canada (Pfizer) with estimated resupply date of mid-late April 2022.

Resolution: Conjugated estrogens (Premarin®) 0.625 mg/g vaginal cream X 30g tubes are now available as this shortage has resolved.

Resolution: Following a recall in September 2021 that affected most of the losartan supply in Canada (due to the presence of an azido impurity), some vendors now have a resupply and this shortage can be considered resolved.

In a provincial and national rarity, Northern Health (NH) has been recognized by the BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office (PBCO).