Supply notification – Acetazolamide SR 250mg capsules

Supply notification – Acetazolamide SR 250mg capsules

April 9, 2020

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Acetazolamide SR 250mg capsules.

Acetazolamide SR 250mg capsules are out of stock. The anticipated re-supply date is the end of July 2020.

Further information can be found in the UKMi memo here.

Where prescribing of an unlicensed import is considered appropriate by the prescriber, a prescription must be issued with the wording ‘Special Order’ next to the prescribed product to ensure that a pharmacy can dispense and be correctly reimbursed for a special.

There are dm+d ‘Special Order’ listings for several different strengths of the oral suspension including the 250mg/5ml strength which is listed in Part VIIIB of the Drug Tariff.  However, currently, there is no dm+d listing for the unlicensed Acetazolamide 250mg SR capsules for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe the imported capsules, a paper prescription should be issued for ‘Acetazolamide 250mg SR capsules (Special Order)‘ and endorsed by the pharmacy as a non-Part VIIIB special with the following:

  • 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.


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