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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
Useful links for Pharmacists
Information for pharmacies can be found on the TGA website
and as a downloadable pdf
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
28 September 2021
4 August 2021
This statement provides recommendations on the management of patients on tocilizumab during the shortage
Serious Scarcity Substitution Instrument (SSSI) for tocilizumab 6 Aug 2021
This instrument allows for pharmacists to substitute the SC formulations of tocilizumab without the need to contact the prescriber
Further information can be found on the TGA website
PBS Arrangements for tocilizumab shortage can be found
More information for ARA Members including a webinar can be found
Roche Medical Information can be contacted on 1800 233 950