Tocilizumab Shortage

  • If you or someone you care for uses tocilizumab, contact your rheumatologist or prescriber as soon as possible about your treatment.
  • There is currently a global shortage of tocilizumab. As a result, the supply of tocilizumab products in Australia is currently limited.

Please find below links to resources that may be useful during this shortage. 

Useful links for Patients

  • More information for patients including frequently asked questions can be found on Arthritis Australia's website here

Useful links for Pharmacists

  • Information for pharmacies can be found on the TGA website here and as a downloadable pdf here
  • Please note that pharmacists will need to call wholesalers to order tocilizumab. Wholesaler portals will likely show zero stock quantity for both subcutaneous medicines, even if they are available.

Additional useful links

  • TGA, ARA and Arthritis Australia Joint Statement on the tocilizumab shortage
  • This statement provides recommendations on the management of patients on tocilizumab during the shortage
  • Further information can be found on the TGA website here
  • PBS Arrangements for tocilizumab shortage can be found here
  • More information for ARA Members including a webinar can be found here
  • Roche Medical Information can be contacted on 1800 233 950