Medicine Supply Notification: Lorazepam (Ativan) 4mg/ml Solution for injection (Pfizer)

Medicine Supply Notification: Lorazepam (Ativan) 4mg/ml Solution for injection (Pfizer)

October 6, 2020

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Lorazepam (Ativan) 4mg/ml Solution for injection (Pfizer)

Supplies of lorazepam (Ativan) 4mg/ml solution for injection will be extremely limited between w/c 5th October until early December 2020 and reserved for primary care only.

A US product, lorazepam injection 2mg/ml, supplied in Carpuject single dose cartridges and considered unlicensed in the UK, is available from Pfizer during this out of stock period.

Further details, including the bioequivalence, device differences and link to a training video for the use of Carpuject cartridges and holder can be found in the MSN which will have been emailed to community pharmacy teams nhs.net shared mail box directly.

There is currently a listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems so an EPS prescription for unlicensed Lorazepam 2mg/ml solution for injection Carpuject cartridges (Imported (United States)) can 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 Lorazepam 2mg/ml solution for injection Carpuject cartridges (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 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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