This week the Taskforce was alerted by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to a global tocilizumab shortage for both COVID-19 treatment use and other indications. To help support the TGA’s efforts to conserve supply, the Taskforce has revised the remarks section of the tocilizumab for adults recommendation to reflect:
For the recommendations for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and for children or adolescents, the amendment relates only to consideration of the second dose.
The Taskforce emphasises that there are no changes to the strength or direction of the recommendations.
For further information view the full recommendation and remarks for the tocilizumab recommendations and refer to the TGA statement.