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Update on Shortages of Nitroglycerin Inj, Metronidazole Inj

Cedars-Sinai is experiencing an ongoing shortage of nitroglycerin inj. The shortage of commercial, premade nitroglycerin 50 mg/250 mL infusion bottles has resolved. Premade nitroglycerin 50 mg/250 mL infusion bottles will be restocked in 4 North Saperstein and 6 Saperstein at standard par levels. New nitroglycerin infusion orders will be processed as written.

Nitroglycerin 5mg/ml x 10ml vials remain unavailable. At this time, we cannot accommodate custom nitroglycerin infusion (i.e., nitroglycerin infusion in normal saline or different concentrations).

Metronidazole Inj Shortage

Cedars-Sinai also is experiencing an ongoing shortage of metronidazole inj. To conserve the remaining supply, the following automatic substitution has been implemented.

Medication OrderedAutomatic Substitution
Metronidazole injMetronidazole PO, same dose and frequency if patient is able to tolerate orals except when used for treatment of brain abscess, meningitis, anaerobic bacteremia, severe complicated C. difficile infection

This plan was approved by the Antimicrobial Use Review Committee and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.