Important

These notifications are no longer valid and have been archived, please refer to the active SABS for a list of current items.
Safety Alert Red Safety Alert (Red), requiring immediate attention and action.
Safety Notice Amber Safety Notice (Amber), requiring risk assessment at the local level.
Safety Information Green Safety Information (Green), ensuring that lessons learned from state-wide, national and international sources are shared actively across the NSW health system.
Number Type Issues covered Date of issue Date archived
SN:007/20 Safety Notice Amber Illicit supply of c​​ounterfeit alprazolam 16 July 2020 9 September 2020
SN:006/19 Safety Notice Amber Fentanyl 100 microg/2 mL injection – disruption to supply 15 April 2019 30 July 2020
SN:005/19 Safety Notice Amber Lignocaine with adrenaline 1:200,000 injections – Disruption to supply and risk of patient harm 8 April 2019 30 July 2020
SN:002/19 Safety Notice Amber Morphine sulfate 30mg/ml injection - disruption to supply
(Supersedes SN:007/18)
15 February 2019 30 July 2020
SN:001/19 Safety Notice Amber Thiopental injection (Pentothal®) disruption to supply 17 January 20​​19 30 July 2020
SN:016/18 Safety Notice Amber Abnormalities with Suboxone 2/0.5 mg film 20 November 2018 30 July 2020
SN:011/18 Safety Notice Amber New formulation: Phenytoin (Dilantin®) capsules 15 August 2018 30 July 2020
SI:003/11 Safety Information Green Safe Storage of Accountable Medicines 29 November 2011 30 July 2020
SA:005/09 Safety Alert Red Relenza (zanamivir) Inhalation Powder Safety Advisory 21 October 2009 30 July 2020
SA:001/06 Safety Alert Red Baxter Infusion Pumps 8 February 2006 30 July 2020
​SI:003/14 Safety Information Green The Risk of Toxicity from Topical Anaesthetic Products ​18 September 2014 ​22 May 2020
SN:0​​01/18 Safety Notice Amber Midazolam injection 5 mg/5 mL shortage and risk of error  5 January 2018 8 July 2019
SN:012/17 Safety Notice Amber Intravenous piperacillin-tazobactam – Disruption to supply 20 October 2017 8 July 2019
SN:008/17 Safety Notice Amber DILAUDID® (HYDROmorphone) Oral Liquid 1 mg/mL – Disruption to Supply 6 June 2017 8 July 2019
SN:006/17 Safety Notice Amber Dantrium (dantrolene sodium) Powder for Injection vials - Disruption to Supply 5 April 2017 8 July 2019
SN:014/16 Safety Notice Amber Melphalan powder for intravenous infusion - Disruption to supply 15 December 2016 8 July 2019
SN:012/16 Safety Notice Amber Aciclovir intravenous infusion preparations – Disruption to supply
14 November 2016
(revised 13 December 2016)
8 July 2019
SA:002/16 Safety Alert Red Vancomycin Intravenous preparations – Disruption to supply 8 December 2016
(revised 20 December 2016)
8 July 2019
SN:001/15 Safety Notice Amber Suxamethonium Chloride Injection BP 100mg in 2ml - Disruption to Supply 11 March 2015 8 July 2019
SN:002/14 Safety Notice Amber Newer Oral Anticoagulants (Update) 24 March 2014 8 July 2019
SI:002/14 Safety Information Green PROPOFOL - importance of aseptic technique and safe administration practices 26 August 2014 8 July 2019
SN:001/12 Safety Notice Amber Morphine sulfate injection 10mg/mL ampoules supply changes and toxicity issues 17 December 2012 8 July 2019
SN:014/11 Safety Notice Amber Newer Oral Anticoagulants 9 November 2011 8 July 2019
SN:009/17 Safety Notice Amber High Concentration Insulin Products 5 September 2017 24 June 2019
SN:007/18 Safety Notice Amber Morphine sulfate 5 mg/1 mL and 10 mg/1 mL injection shortages
(Supersedes SN:004/18)
25 May 2018 15 February 2019
SN:014/18 Safety Notice Amber Medical Gas Adaptor 29 October 2018 1 November 2018
SN:004/18 Safety Notice Amber Morphine sulfate injection 5 mg/1 mL shortage and risk of error 22 February 2018 25 February 2018
SN:007/17 Safety Notice Amber Etoposide preparations - Disruption to Supply 2 May 2017 29 November 17
SA:003/16 Safety Alert Red Intravenous Metronidazole – Disruption to supply 9 December 2016 24 February 2017
SN:007/16 Safety Notice Amber Surgical site infections associated with heater cooler devices 4 August 2016 7 March 2017
SN:006/16 Safety Notice Amber Etopophos (etoposide phosphate) powder for injection vials and Vepesid (etoposide) capsules - Disruption to Supply 27 July 2016 2 May 2017
SN:002/16 Safety Notice Amber Glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) tablets 3 June 2016 8 February 2017
SN:003/14 Safety Notice Amber Potassium Chloride BP 10mmol/10mL ampoules disruption to supply
Note: disruption to supply extended.
4 August 2014 21 December 2016
SN:004/13 Safety Notice Amber Sodium BiCarbonate intravenous infusion BP 8.4% 100ml shortage 4 September 2013 21 December 2016
SA:001/13 Safety Alert Red Risks associated with WockhardtTM morphine sulfate injection 10mg/mL (preserved) ampoules 1 May 2013 21 December 2016
SA:005/12 Safety Alert Red Recall Ventolin & Asmol Inhalers - 10 batches 24 December 2012 21 December 2016
SN:011/11 Safety Notice Amber Recall of activated Drotrecogin alfa (Xigris) 26 October 2011 21 December 2016
SN:007/11 Safety Notice Amber BenPen™ (Benzylpenicillin) 28 September 2011 21 December 2016
SA:007/11 Safety Alert Red Caelyx®pegylated liposomal doxorubicin 20mg and 50mg 5 December 2011 21 December 2016
SA:006/11 Safety Alert Red Supply of Minijet® injections 7 October 2011 21 December 2016
SA:004/11 Safety Alert Red HYDROmorphone: High-risk analgesic 21 April 2011 10 January 2017
SA:003/11 Safety Alert Red Pneumovax ®23 Injection Advice against Revaccination 18 April 2011 21 December 2016
SA:002/11 Safety Alert Red Recall of Pneumovax ®23 Injection (pneumococcal polyvalent, MSD 0.5ml Vial AUST R 10507; CSL code 0786100110 pack vials) Batch No. N3336, expiry date 22 June 2011 25 March 2011 21 December 2016
SN:011/10 Safety Notice Amber Medication Incidents Involving Hydromorphone (Opioid)
(To be read in conjunction with SA:004/11)
14 September 2010
(revised 16 September 2010)
10 January 2017
SA:006/10 Safety Alert Red Recall of Sitaxentan (Thelin) 10 December 2010 21 December 2016
SA:005/10 Safety Alert Red Extreme Caution - Esmolol hydrochloride 2500mg in 10ml for injection 25 June 2010 21 December 2016
SA:007/09 Safety Alert Red Recall of Cefazolin Sandoz BATCH AH 5067 6 November 2009 21 December 2016
SA:004/09 Safety Alert Red New Version of Adult National Inpatient Medication Chart [NIMC] - SMR140 16 September 2009 21 December 2016
SN:008/08 Safety Notice Amber Clexane 16 May 2008 21 December 2016
SI:002/08 Safety Information Green Zolpidem (“Stilnox”) 19 June 2008 8 February 2018
SI:001/08 Safety Information Green Paracetamol 4 June 2008 8 February 2018
SN:006/07 Safety Notice Amber Warfarin (revised)  12 April 2007
(revised 18 January 2008)
8 February 2018
SA:004/06 Safety Alert Red Safe Use of Vincristine 8 February 2006 8 February 2018
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