Medicine Supply Notification: Competact tablets (Pioglitazone 15mg/Metformin 850mg)

Medicine Supply Notification: Competact tablets (Pioglitazone 15mg/Metformin 850mg)

March 25, 2021

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a Medicine Supply Notification (MSN) for Competact tablets (Pioglitazone 15mg/Metformin 850mg)


Date of issue: 25/03/2021

  • Pioglitazone 15mg/metformin 850mg tablets (Competact®) is out of stock until early May 2021.
  • Generic pioglitazone 15mg/metformin 850mg tablets are out of stock with no resupply date.
  • Pioglitazone 15mg tablets and metformin 850mg tablets remain available and can support the uplift in demand.
  • A Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) was issued on 24/3/2021.
  • Unlicensed supplies of pioglitazone 15mg/metformin 850mg tablets can be sourced.

The following specialist importer have confirmed they can source unlicensed pioglitazone 15mg/metformin 850mg tablets, please note there may be other companies that can also source supplies.

If there is currently no listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems an EPS prescription for unlicensed pioglitazone 15mg/metformin 850mg tablets cannot be issued. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe an unlicensed import, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as ‘pioglitazone 15mg/metformin 850mg tablets (Special Order)‘ and 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 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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