Supply Notification: Sulfasalazine 250mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free (Rosemont) – Update

Supply Notification: Sulfasalazine 250mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free (Rosemont) – Update

August 7, 2020

Update 07/08/2020 resupply date now expected end Sept 2020 


Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Sulfasalazine 250mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free (Rosemont) .

Sulfasalazine 250mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free (Rosemont) is out of stock until August 2020.

Sulfasalazine 500mg tablets remain available.

Some specials manufacturers are able to produce an unlicensed sulfasalazine 250mg/5ml sugar free oral suspension.

When prescribing a product that is not licensed in the UK prescribers must indicate on the FP10 prescription that an unlicensed product is required. This can be done by annotating the prescription with the following wording: “special order”.

There is currently no listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe an unlicensed import, a paper prescription should be issued as ‘Sulfasalazine 250mg/5ml sugar free oral suspension (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.

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



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