Opioid Shortage

While additional information is still forthcoming, below are IVAPM-endorsed resources and links, where you can find up-to-date information from boarded veterinarians, the AVMA and the FDA.

As more information becomes available, we’ll post it here and on the member portal for review.


UPDATE 02.01.19: Opioid Shortage will Remain Throughout 2019

Pfizer has released an updated statement about the shortage of sterile injectables. While the situation is improving, it will be towards the end of 2019, beginning of 2020 before the issues is resolved. Click here to read more.

Opioid Availability! (12.14.18)

The FDA announced that it has worked with Pfizer Inc. to help alleviate a shortage of certain injectable opioids available to treat pain in animals, by facilitating the availability of a limited amount of product labeled for human use. The FDA had already given Pfizer permission to import Hydromorphone Hydrochloride Injection to help alleviate the ongoing opioid shortage in human medicine. As a result of CVM’s recent discussion with Pfizer, this product is now available in limited quantities for pain management in animals.  In addition to hydromorphone, Pfizer also has made Morphine Sulfate Injection, USP available to the U.S. veterinary market. (FDA)

To read the full article, click here

Opioid-Sparing Task Force releases White Paper for review – click below to read and learn more! 

Remember, there are two opioids developed specific for veterinary use:

While these opioids are not as potent as some of the opioids that are on shortage, they are still opioids! Use these opioids for mild to moderate pain and as part of a multimodal protocol. This is especially true of butorphanol because it has a very short duration of analgesia (a little less than an hour in a canine and roughly 90 minutes in a feline). The IVAPM has discussed the availability of these opioids and a Zoetis representative assured us that the supply of these drugs is not likely to be interrupted.
Here are links to some articles of interest recently posted under Resources — > Articles.