UPDATES: Medicines Supply Notifications

UPDATES: Medicines Supply Notifications

June 7, 2021

Alliance Calcium Syrup® and DDAVP® (Desmopressin) 0.01% w/v (100mcg/ 1ml) intranasal solution.

Please find attached two Medicine Supply Notifications issued by NHSE&I – East Midlands on behalf of the Department of Health & Social Care’s Medicine Supply Team:

Medicine Out of stock until Alternatives
Alliance Calcium Syrup® (calcium gluconate 544mg/5ml / calcium lactate 276mg/5ml oral solution) Mid-September 2021
  • Any remaining supplies of Alliance Calcium Syrup® should be reserved for neonates and patients in whom alternative options are not appropriate.
  • All other patients should be switched to an alternative calcium formulation:

DDAVP® (Desmopressin) 0.01% w/v (100mcg/ 1ml) intranasal solution

(Updated MSN)

  • Supplies of desmopressin 100 micrograms/ml nasal spray (10 micrograms per actuation) remain available from Aspire Pharma Ltd for patients on doses ≥ 10 microgram.
  • Desmopressin tablets and oral lyophilisates remain available.
  • Unlicensed imports have also been sourced.

There have also been changes to the resupply dates of the medicines listed below. These communications were previously circulated via the NHSE&I commissioning routes.

Original MSN reference Date of original MSN/SDA Supply issue Resupply date originally communicated Updated resupply date as of w/c 10th May 2021
MSN/2021/021 09/04/2021 Diamorphine 5mg and 10mg injections w/c 19th March 2021

5mg to be available in the first week of June

10mg to be OOS from w/c 31st May until late June

SDA/2021/025 11/05/2021 Flixotide (Fluticasone) 100 microgram Accuhaler w/c 31st May 2021 w/c 28th June 2021
SDA/2020/057 21/10/2020 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules Mid-December 2020 Delayed, TBC
SDA/2020/011 12/03/2020 Fluoxetine 10mg tablets Late 2020 March 2022

Please be aware this communication is also being circulated separately to all GP practices in England.

Please note that for supply issues that have been categorised as Tier 1 or 2, DHSC and the MSRG have requested that the NHSE&I commissioning routes are used to reach community pharmacy and GP practices. More serious supply issues are communicated via the Central Alerting System for action.

If you have any queries please contact: DHSCmedicinesupplyteam@dhsc.gov.uk

Please note, if the enquiry relates to any changes (additions or removals) to the mailing list and you are enquiring from a GP practice, please contact the NHSE&I Head of Primary Care commissioning.

Many thanks for your assistance with this important issue.


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