Shortage Notice: Capsaicin cream (Zacin and Axsain)

Shortage Notice: Capsaicin cream (Zacin and Axsain)

September 11, 2019

Teva, the sole supplier of Zacin 0.025% cream and Axsain 0.075% cream have announced that they will be out of stock of both Capsaicin creams until November 2019 at the earliest.

For guidance on alternative agents and management options please see the shortage of supply memo here.

Pharmacy team are reminded that where a prescriber wishes you to dispense an import, prescriptions must be annotated ‘specials/unlicensed import’.

A prescription calling for the unlicensed product should be endorsed as follows:

  • Quantity dispensed
  • Pack size
  • Price per unit less any discount/rebate
  • Manufacturer/importer MHRA license number
  • Batch number
  • Specials procurement fee endorsement of ‘SP’

As a reminder, all prescriptions for unlicensed medicines should be placed in the red separators for the end of month submission.

See our factsheet for further guidance on endorsing unlicensed specials and imports.



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