Shortage Notice: Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup update

Shortage Notice: Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup update

February 20, 2020

Update (20/02/2020): resupply date now expected end of March 2020


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pinewood, the manufacturers of Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup, are currently experiencing temporary disruptions.

GSK, the main supplier of Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup (Ventolin) have advised a resupply date of early August 2019

Pinewood are long term out of stock due to manufacturing issues and  are currently unable to advise a resupply date.  

Supplies are available from specialist importers on an ‘unlicensed’ basis. Ensure that where a prescriber wishes you to dispense an import, prescriptions are annotated ‘specials/unlicensed’ and are endorsed as follows:

  • 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

More information and details of alternative products can be found here on the SPS website.



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