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Six Tier 2 supply notices published

Earliest resupply mid-April

March 17th 2022

Tagged: supply shortages

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Tier 2 medicine supply notifications (MSNs) have been issued for the following items:
  • Diltiazem (Tildiem Retard) 90mg tablets
  • Diamorphine 100mg and 500mg powder for solution for injection ampoules
  • Timolol (Tiopex) 1mg/g gel eye drops 0.4g unit dose preservative free
  • Benperidol (Anquil) 250microgram tablets
  • Oxybutynin (Kentera) 3.9mg/24hour transdermal patches
  • Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 500mg tablets
MedicineOut of stockAlternatives
Diltiazem (Tildiem Retard) 90mg tabletsUntil w/c 11 April 2022Adizem  SR 90mg capsules Angitil SR 90mg capsules
Diamorphine 100mg and 500mg powder for solution for injection ampoulesUntil late May 2022.All morphine preparations remain available and can support an increase in demand during this time. See MSN for further details.
Timolol (Tiopex) 1mg/g gel eye drops 0.4g unit dose preservative freeUntil late March 2022.Timolol (Eysano) 2.5mg/ml and 5mg/ml preservative free eye drops in multi-dose bottles. Timolol 2.5mg/ml and 5mg/ml eye drops containing a preservative also remain available.
Benperidol (Anquil) 250microgram tabletsOut of stock from the end of March 2022 with a resupply date to be confirmed.Management options during this shortage should be determined on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the appropriate mental health specialist.
Oxybutynin (Kentera) 3.9mg/24hour transdermal patchesUntil w/c 30th May 2022Oxybutynin 2.5mg and 5mg standard release tablets Oxybutynin 2.5mg/5ml and 5mg/5ml oral solution Solifenacin 5mg and 10mg standard release tablets Solifenacin 1mg/ml oral suspension Tolterodine 1mg and 2mg standard release tablets Tolterodine 2mg and 4mg XL capsules Mirabegron (Betmiga) 25mg and 50mg prolonged-release tablets
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 500mg tabletsUntil w/c 21 March 2022Generic versions of sulfasalazine 500mg tablets. See MSN for further details.
Medicine supply issues are now available online via the Medicines Supply Tool including changes to resupply dates and updates (registration required). If you have any queries please contact: [email protected]