July 2015 out of stock information

Antepsin – Supply Difficulties (Chugai) – Chugai has advised that there is no stock for community pharmacies of both Antepsin 1g/5ml Oral Suspension and Antepsin 1g Tablets

Chugai stated: “Due to a manufacturing problem it is unlikely that supply will be resumed until the end of the 2015.”

If you require to talk to a member of staff in an emergency, please contact 0208-987-5600 (within the hours of 9 am to 5pm)


Havrix Monodose™ (Hepatitis A (inactivated) vaccine (adsorbed)) – Supply Difficulties (GSK) – Due to unexpected manufacturing issues, UK availability of monovalent hepatitis A vaccine (Havrix Monodose™) from GSK will be reduced through 2015. GSK will implement strategies to ensure continuity of supply for the available vaccine stock, starting October 2014, with priority to GPs, Hospitals, Travel Clinics and Occupational Health Practitioners. Supply constraints are not anticipated to pose risks to public health in the UK as alternative hepatitis A vaccines are available from other manufacturers. Also, combination Hepatitis A vaccines are available from GSK. Supply is expected to return to full capacity by early 2016.

For any additional information, please contact the GSK customer care team on 0800 221 441.


Piportil Depot 50mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules – product discontinued (Sanofi)


Supply Difficulties (Novartis) Novartis has advised that there are currently supply difficulties with the following products and that these may be ordered from and supplied subject to availability.

  • Afinitor 5mg & 10mg
  • Exjade 500mg tablets
  • Glivec 100mg tablets & 400mg tablets
  • Myfortic 360mg gastro-resistant tablets
  • Sandostatin LAR powder and solvent for susp for injection vials 10, 20 and 30mg
  • Tasigna 150mg and 200mg capsules

For an update on availability please contact the Novartis Pharmaceuticals customer care team on 0845 741 9442.


Tredaptive 1000mg/20mg modified-release tablets – Availability suspended – MSD have announced the company is taking steps to suspend the availability of Tredaptive 1000mg/20mg modified-release tablets worldwide. MSD is recommending that physicians stop prescribing Tredaptive. MSD is also recommending that physicians review treatment plans for patients taking Tredaptive in a timely manner to discontinue Tredaptive, and consider other changes in therapy to achieve their dyslipidemia management goals. In the meantime, MSD encourages patients with questions to speak with their health care provider, and to not discontinue therapy without first speaking with their physician.


The following items are currently unavailable, hard to obtain or going short in the market. It is not an exhaustive list, and some pharmacies will have more trouble than others obtaining certain items.

Item Status More information
Piroxicam gel Only available in packs of 60g or 112g. Choose correct pack size when prescribing
Diclofenac sodium 50mg tablets All manufacturers out of stock Alternatives: Naproxen or ibuprofen available in small quantities
Traxam (felbinac) gel Provisional enquiries suggest   delay until winter 2015
Benzoyl Peroxide gel/cream Unavailable long term Prescribe alternative
Questran Sachets Unavailable Colestyramine generic available or questran light
Creon 40000 Short term manufacturing problem Prescribe as 25000 or 10000 as temporary measure
Metoprolol tablets Manufacturers struggling to supply Small amounts available
Aciclovir eye ointment 3% Current supplies recalled Contact consultant ophthalmologist to recommend an alternative.
Sucralfate tablets and oral suspension Unavailable until at least Q2 2015 Prescribe a licensed alternative e.g. PPI. Where not possible use imported licensed product (IDIS) or unlicensed special.
Transvasin cream Long term manufacturing problem Prescribe alternative
Trimovate cream Unavailable again Not expected until summer 2015
Sno tears eye drops Unavailable No date available, prescribe alternative e.g. hypromellose
Simple eye ointment Stock shortages Information from community pharmacy
Bimatoprost 0.03% eye drops Discontinued Bimatoprost 0.01% eye drops still available

 

Back in stock information

Mupirocin/bactroban Back in stock
Trimethoprim 200mg and 100mg tablets Difficult to obtain. Some pharmacies may carry small amounts of stock
Capsaicin Axsain and Zacin cream both available
Oilatum Gel Back in stock
Baclofen Back in stock
Mefenamic acid small amount available in both strengths Some pharmacies may carry small amounts of stock
Clonidine Back in stock
Sodium Cromoglicate eye drops Difficult to obtain Azelastine as alternative if necessary, only £6.40 and BD