The DHSC and NHSE/I Medicines Supply Tool is the key resource for all information on medicines supply issues. The link to the website is Medicines Supply Tool – SPS – Specialist Pharmacy Service – The first stop for professional medicines advice
To access the Tool, you will be required to register with the SPS website using your “hscni.net” email. You can then choose either “Community Pharmacist” or “General Medical Practitioner” under Role, and then “Other” under Organisation Type.
In the “Tool”, you will note that each medicines’ supply issue is categorised by an “impact tier”. Full information on each of these impact tiers is available at NHS England » A Guide to Managing Medicines Supply and Shortages
For the majority of tier 2, medium impact, and tier 3, high impact, a Medicines Supply Notification will be issued by DHSC and in turn, DHNI. These are listed below
For tier 1, low impact shortages, the SPS website should be accessed in order to understand how long the shortage is likely to last and to review information on alternative medications which might be available.
The Medicines Supply Tool has a search function allowing you to easily search for a particular medicine.
A list of medicines that should not be parallel exported is available at Medicines that you cannot export from the UK or hoard – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and will be updated regularly. Medicines will be added to the list if they are needed to meet the needs of UK patients, and where parallel exporting leads, may lead, or contributes to a shortage.
Parallel export of a medicine on the list is considered a breach of regulation 43(2) of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 and a contravention of the wholesale dealer licence, and may lead to regulatory action by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which could include immediate suspension of the wholesale dealer licence.
Salbutamol 2.5mg/2.5ml and 5mg/2.5ml nebuliser liquid unit dose vials 14th February 2024
Lisdexamfetamine (Elvanse®) capsules 14th February 2024
Formoterol (Oxis® 6 Turbohaler) 6micrograms/dose dry powder inhaler 12th February 2024
Flixotide® (fluticasone) 50 micrograms/dose Evohaler 8th February 2024
Nadolol 80mg tablets 8th February 2024
Oxcarbazepine 150mg and 300mg tablets 8th February 2024
Methadone 5mg tablets 29th January 2024
Norethisterone (Noriday®) 350microgram tablets 25th January 2024
Tegretol® (carbamazepine) 200mg and 400mg prolonged release tablets 11th January 2024
Isosorbide mononitrate modified release 4th January 2024
Testosterone (Testim®) 50mg/5g transdermal gel unit dose tubes 21st December 2023
Estradiol (Estring®) 7.5micrograms/24hours vaginal delivery system 21st December 2023
Glucagon 1mg powder for injection kit (GlucaGen) 18th December 2023
Oxybutynin 5mg modified-release tablets 18th December 2023
Somatropin (Genotropin® MiniQuick) 0.6mg and 1.4mg powder and solvent for solution for injection pre-filled disposable devices and Somatropin (Genotropin® GoQuick) 5.3mg powder and solvent for solution for injection pre-filled, multi-dose pens UPDATED 18th December 2023
Propantheline bromide (Pro-Banthine®) 15mg tablets 5th December 2023
Diazepam 2mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 5th December 2023
Dicycloverine 10mg/5ml oral solution 29th November 2023
Fluticasone 400microgram/unit dose nasal drops 29th November 2023
Rasagiline 1mg tablets 17th November 2023
Lamotrigine 5mg dispersible tablets 23rd October 2023
Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) 5mg suppositories 23rd October 2023
Bumetanide 1mg and 5mg tablet 13th October 2023
Pancrease® HL gastro-resistant capsules 13th October 2023