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Metformin supply notice

Long term supply issues until further notice

September 14th 2021

Tagged: supply shortages

By Ailsa Colquhoun

DHSC has published a tier 2 medicine supply notification for metformin 500mg/5ml oral solution.


Out of stock


Metformin 500mg/5ml oral solution

Long term supply issues expected until further notice

Metformin tablets

Metformin 500mg powder for oral solution

Unlicensed products from Specials manufacturers have been sourced.

Please see MSN for further details.

There have also been changes to the resupply dates of the medicines listed below. These communications were previously circulated via the NHSE&I commissioning routes.

Original MSN/SDA reference

Date of original MSN/SDA

Supply issue

Resupply date originally communicated

Updated resupply date as of w/c

13 September 2021



Dalacin (clindamycin) 2% vaginal cream

w/c 6 September 2021

w/c 20 September 2021



Glipizide (Minidiab) 5mg tablets

Mid-October 2021

w/c 1 November 2021