Injectable Morphine Drug Shortage

Manufacturers of injectable morphine alerted the industry on September 18th of a shortage of select strengths of morphine injectable including the 10mg/mL strength, commonly used in hospice. Injectable morphine strengths 0.5 mg/mL, 1mg/mL, 2mg/mL, 4mg/mL & 50mg/mL remain available.  Manufacturing delays and increased demand for the product were cited as sources of the shortage. West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of morphine injectable 10mg/ml, estimates replenishment of stock in the 4th quarter 2015.  A release date cannot be estimated at this time for other strengths of shorted manufactured product.

For more information on this shortage, please click CURRENT DRUG SHORTAGE to review the ASHP Drug Shortage Bulletin.