Morphine 10mg/1ml injection – supply problems

There is currently a supply problem with morphine sulphate 10mg/1ml injection (1ml vials) which we are advised is likely to continue until early January.

Some wholesalers do have stock, but others don’t and whilst there is some existing stock in community pharmacies, community pharmacies may experience difficulties in obtaining new stock of this product over the Christmas period.

In order to try and avoid unacceptable delays for patients and additional calls to the out of hours services, prescribers are requested to:

  • keep the quantity prescribed to a minimum
  • ensure the most appropriate strength is prescribed
  • liaise with local pharmacies to confirm availability of stock

Should a supply problem be experienced and it is necessary to prescribe an alternative strength, please ensure this change is communicated effectively to nursing colleagues, patients and their carers.

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