Bulletin, June 20, 2023, Chemotherapy Drug Shortage

Last Updated: June 20, 2023

Date: June 20, 2023 ​
To: Health Plan Issuers and Interested Parties
From: Nathan Houdek, Commissioner of Insurance
Subject: Chemotherapy Drug Shortage


The  U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reported shortages of the chemotherapy platinum drugs carboplatin and cisplatin. The Society of Gynecologic Oncology has indicated that these shortages may necessitate alternative treatments to be used to avoid delays in treating patients' cancer.

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) encourages health plan issuers to work with providers and consider flexibility around the use of alternative agents when a platinum agent would normally be used, to ensure that insured individuals receive timely treatment for cancer.

Any questions concerning this bulletin may be directed to Sarah Smith at Sarah.Smith2@wisconsin.gov.