Medicine Supply Notification: Enalapril 5mg tablets

Medicine Supply Notification: Enalapril 5mg tablets

March 18, 2021

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification (MSN) for Enalapril 5mg tablets


Tier 2 – medium impact

Date of issue 18/03/2021

  • Enalapril 5mg tablets are out of stock until the end of April 2021.
  • Enalapril 10mg tablets remain available and can support an uplift in demand.
  • Enalapril 2.5mg tablets remain available but cannot support an uplift in demand.
  • Unlicensed enalapril oral solution/suspension are available and unlicensed imports of enalapril 5mg
    tablets can be sourced.

The following specialist importers have confirmed they can source unlicensed enalapril 5mg tablets (please note there may be other companies that can also source supplies):

Unlicensed enalapril 5mg/5ml oral suspension/solution is available from most Specials Manufacturers.

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 Enalapril tablets/suspension cannot be issued. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe an unlicensed import, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as ‘Enalapril tablets or suspension (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

Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS)  also advise of the shortage of Enalapril 5mg tablets and further information can be found in the memo here.

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. NHSBSA also circulates directly to pharmacy NHSmail accounts a link to the monthly supply update hosted on the SPS website.

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


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