Medicine Supply Notification: Colestid (colestipol) orange and plain 5g granules sachets

Medicine Supply Notification: Colestid (colestipol) orange and plain 5g granules sachets

February 26, 2021

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a Medicine Supply Notification (MSN) for Colestid (colestipol) orange and plain 5g granules sachets

  • Colestid® Orange sachets are out of stock until the end of May 2021.
  • Colestid® Plain sachets are out of stock with a resupply date to be confirmed.
  • Other bile-acid sequestrants remain available.
  • Supplies of unlicensed imports of colestipol sachets have been sourced.

Please see the UKMi memo for further information on prescribing alternative bile-acid sequestrants.

Further details, including alternative preparations  can be found in the MSN which will have been emailed to community pharmacy teams nhs.net shared mail box directly.

There is not currently a listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems so an EPS prescription for colestipol sachets  (Imported) cannot be issued. If a prescriber is unable to issue an unlicensed EPS prescription in the correct way, then pharmacy teams should contact the prescriber for an FP10 paper prescription to be issued as  ‘colestipol 5g sachets  (Imported) and endorsed by the pharmacy as a non-Part VIIIB special with the following information:FP10 prescription this should be endorsed by the pharmacy as a non-Part VIIIB special with the following information:

  • Amount dispensed over pack size used;
  • Invoice price per pack size from which the order was supplied less any discount or rebate;
  • Manufacturers’/importers’ MHRA licence number;
  • Batch number of the product supplied;
  • SP

The following specialist importers have currently confirmed they can source unlicensed imports of colestipol 5g sachets, lead times vary (please note, there may be other companies that can also source supplies):

The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide a monthly update on potential supply issues affecting both primary and secondary care. This update is uploaded on the Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS) website. To register, you will need  an NHS email address. Once set up and logged in, you will be able to access it online.

New shortages not listed on the SPS website, can be reported using our shortage reporting tool.

 



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