Potential/Probable lorazepam (Ativan) Shortage updated 3/12/2018

Potential/Probable lorazepam (Ativan) Shortage updated 3/12/2018

Still (or back) in effect as of 3/12/18

From TEMS 3/17/17:

Copy of an email that was sent out today to the pharmacies and agencies of the TEMS Region:
Due to a national shortage, several facilities are having trouble acquiring the lorazepam (Ativan) 2mg/1mL vials required for stocking the TEMS red medication boxes. If you are unable to stock lorazepam vials please create sticker that says “Contains 1 x lorazepam vial” or “Contains NO lorazepam” and place it on the top of the red medication box. Please continue to fill the entire inventory if you are able!
Midazolam (Versed) 5mg/1ml vials, which are already included in the red medication box inventory, should still be available. Midazolam (Versed) can be used as an alternative for lorazepam (Ativan) in most situations. If further shortages make substitutions necessary the group will be notified and a communication will be sent when the shortage has been resolved. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, thank you!
Please contact the TEMS office with your questions or concerns.

Please review your protocols for the alternative medications as they apply!

https://tidewater.vaems.org/regional-protocols/current-tidewater-ems-regional-protocols