Label: CISPLATIN injection, solution

  • DEA Schedule: None
  • Marketing Status: Unapproved drug for use in drug shortage

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Updated June 29, 2023

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    June 26, 2023

    Subject: Temporary Importation of CISplatin Injection (50 mg/50 mL) with non-U.S. Labeling to Address Drug Shortage

    Dear Healthcare Professional,

    Due to the critical shortage of CISplatin Injection in the United States (U.S.), Qilu Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd (Qilu), in conjunction with Apotex Corp., is coordinating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the availability of the drug. Qilu has initiated temporary importation of CISplatin Injection (50 mg/50 mL) with vial and carton labels in Chinese into the U.S. market. The CISplatin Injection from Qilu is marketed and manufactured in China and is not FDA-approved.

    Only Qilu or its distributor, Apotex Corp., is authorized by the FDA to import or distribute Qilu's CISplatin Injection in the United States.

    Effective immediately and during this temporary period, Apotex Corp. will distribute the following presentation of CISplatin Injection to address the critical shortage:

    Product NameQuantityDescriptionU.S. NDC NumberLot NumberExpiration Date
    CISplatin Injection (50 mg/50 mL)1 vial per cartonColorless to yellowish clear liquid

    Each 1 mL contains 1 mg of CISplatin and 9 mg of Sodium Chloride in water for injection.

    See Appendix 1 for a scannable linear barcode readable by U.S. scanning systems.
    3E001C88May 2, 2025
    3E002C88May 2, 2025
    3E003C88May 2, 2025
    3E004C88May 3, 2025
    3E007C88May 4, 2025
    3E008C88May 4, 2025
    3E009C88May 4, 2025
    3F010C88June 9, 2025
    3F011C88June 9, 2025 
    3F012C88June 9, 2025 
    3F013C88June 10, 2025
    3F014C88June 10, 2025
    3F015C88June 10, 2025 
    3F016C88June 11, 2025

    It is important to note the following:

    • The carton labeling and vial label did not include the warning statements, “Stop! Verify Drug Name and Dose!” or “CISplatin doses greater than 100 mg/m 2once every 3 to 4 weeks are rarely used”. Thus, a sticker containing this warning statement, the name of the product, strength, concentration, U.S. NDC number, expiration date, Rx only, and linear barcode has been applied to the vial and the carton.
    • The vial label did not have the translated name of the product “CISplatin”. Thus, a sticker containing the information noted in the bullet above has been applied to the vial.
    • Incompatible with solutions containing bisulfite, metabisulfite, sodium bicarbonate and fluorouracil.
    • The product is colorless to yellowish clear liquid.
    • The vial and carton labels will display the text used and approved for marketing the products in China containing Chinese only text. Example images of this labeling are provided in Appendix 2.
    • There are differences in the format and content of the labeling between the FDA-approved product and Qilu’s CISplatin Injection. Please see the product comparison table in Appendix 3 and corresponding English translations.
    • The labeling for the imported product states that this product is slightly viscous and to achieve an accurate dose, you might need to rinse the vial with sodium chloride injection to remove the solution adhered to the inner wall of the vial.

    CISplatin injection is available only by prescription in the U.S. The imported lots did not have the statement “Rx only” on their labeling. This information is included on the sticker noted in the bullet above.

    The carton of the imported product does not include a product identifier. Specifically, each package of product does not include the NDC, unique serial number, lot number, and expiration date in both human-readable form and a two-dimensional data matrix barcode.

    Please refer to the package insert for the FDA-approved CISplatin Injection drug product for full prescribing information.

    Finally, please ensure that your staff and others in your institution who may be involved in the administration of CISplatin Injection receive a copy of this letter and review the information.

    If you have any questionsabout the information contained in this letter, any quality related problems, or questions on the use of Qilu’s CISplatin Injection, please contact Apotex Corp. Customer Service at 1-800-706-5575.

    For ordering information, please contact your primary wholesaler or distributor to place an order with Apotex Corp. at 1-800-706-5575.

    Healthcare providers should report adverse events associated with the use of Qilu’s CISplatin Injection to Apotex Corp. at 1-800-706-5575.

    Adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may also be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail, or by fax:

    • Complete and submit the report Online:
    • Regular mail or Fax: Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178 (1-800-332-0178).

    We remain at your disposal to answer any questions you may have about our product; and provide more information if needed.



    Mr. Yin Xunliao

    Deputy General Manager

    Qilu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

    Appendix 1 – Barcodes for Pharmacy Dispensing
    Appendix 2 – Product Label and Product Characteristics Side-by-Side Comparison Table
    Appendix 3 – Prescribing Information Side-by-Side Comparison Table
    Available at

    Appendix 1: Barcode for Pharmacy Dispensing


    Appendix 2: Product Label and Product Characteristics Side-by-Side Comparison Table


    Appendix 3: Prescribing Information Side-by-Side Comparison Table (translated from Chinese)



    NDC 60505-6277-0

    Stop! Verify Drug Name and Dose!

    CISplatin Injection

    50 mg/50 mL (1 mg/mL). Rx Only.

    CISplatin doses greater than 100 mg/m 2 once every 3 to 4 weeks are rarely used. See letter.


    cisplatin injection, solution
    Product Information
    Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:60505-6277
    Route of AdministrationINTRAVENOUS
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient NameStrength
    WATER (UNII: 059QF0KO0R)  
    #Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    1NDC:60505-6277-01 in 1 CARTON06/06/2023
    150 mL in 1 VIAL, MULTI-DOSE; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
    Marketing Information
    Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
    Unapproved drug for use in drug shortage06/06/2023
    Labeler - Apotex Corp. (845263701)
    NameAddressID/FEIBusiness Operations
    Qilu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Biological Industrial Park)544532200manufacture(60505-6277) , analysis(60505-6277) , pack(60505-6277)