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.
|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|