Medicine Supply Notification: Esomeprazole 40mg iv powder for solution (Grunenthal, Ranbaxy, Tilomed)

Medicine Supply Notification: Esomeprazole 40mg iv powder for solution (Grunenthal, Ranbaxy, Tilomed)

September 18, 2020

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification on the 20th August 2020 for Esomeprazole 40mg iv powder for solution (Grunenthal, Ranbaxy, Tilomed)

Ranbaxy and Tilomed esomeprazole 40mg iv powder for solution is out of stock, limited supplies of Grunenthal product remain available but all stock is expected to be depleted w/c 24 August. Bowmed esomeprazole injection is available but unable to support an uplift in demand.

Ranbaxy expect a resupply in early-mid September, Tilomed in mid-late September 2020 and Grunenthal in early 2021.

Specialist importers have indicated that unlicensed imports of esomeprazole injection can be sourced.

The following specialist importers have confirmed they can source unlicensed esomeprazole injection, lead times vary (please note there may be other companies that can also source supplies):

Importer Product
Alium Medical Esomeprazole injection
Durbin PLC Esomeprazole injection

 

There is currently no listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems so an EPS prescription for unlicensed Esomeprazole 40mg powder for solution for injection vials cannot be issued. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe an unlicensed import, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as Esomeprazole 40mg powder for solution for injection vials (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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