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Tier 2 MSNs announced

Estraderm MX and Lipitor atorvastatin affected

November 28th 2022

Tagged: supply shortages

By Charles Gladwin

The DHSC has announced the following tier 2 medicine supply notices (MSNs):

  • estradiol (Estraderm MX) 25micrograms/24hours, 75micrograms/24hours and 100micrograms/24hours transdermal patches
  • atorvastatin (Lipitor) 20mg chewable tablets

Details are summarised as follows:

MedicineOut of stockAlternatives
Estradiol (Estraderm MX)

·         25mcg/24hours,

·         75mcg/24hours

·         100mcg/24hours

transdermal patches

·         25mcg – Back in stock and remain available

·         75mcg – Out of stock until January 2023.

·         100mcg – Out of stock from early December 2022 until January 2023.

An alternative brand of estradiol patches, Evorel, of the same strengths remain available and can support a full uplift in demand.

See MSN for details.

Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 20mg chewable tabletsOut of stock until late December 2022.Atorvastatin 20mg film-coated tablets.

Atorvastatin 20mg/5ml oral suspension.

See MSN for details.