Shortages Information

Parallel Exports :

A list of medicines that should not be parallel exported is available at 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.


Metformin 500mg/5ml Oral Solution (MPS 2807)  14th September 2021

Xylocaine 1% with Adrenaline 100mcg/20ml (1:200,000) sol for inj vials  6th Sept 2021

Metronidazole 0.75% gel (MPS 2682) - Updated 3rd Sept 2021

August 2021 Supply Issue update  9th August 2021

Glipizide (Minodiab) 5mg tabs - Supply Disruption Alert   5th August 2021

Tuberculosis Medications - Supply Disruption Alert  2nd August 2021

TINZAPARIN SODIUM (10,000 IU/ML) 3,500 UNITS IN 0.35 ML AND 4,500 UNITS IN 0.45 ML PRE-FILLED SYRINGES  30th July 2021

Clexane (enoxaparin) pre-filled syringes (MPS 2801)  29th July 2021

Trifluoperazine 1mg in 5ml syrup (MPS 2730)updated 27th July 2021

Locorten Vioform (flumetasone/clioquinol) ear drops (MPS 2800)  22nd July 2021

Catapres (clonidine) 100microgram tablets (MPS 2799)  22nd July 2021

Nexium (esomeprazole) 10mg granules sachets (MPS 2798)  22nd July 2021

Gentisone HC Ear Drops (MPS 2794)  13th July 2021


Champix (Varenicline) 0.5mg and 1mg tabs  25th June 2021

Kolanticon Gel (MPS 2789)  16th June 2021

Fluoxetine (Olena) 20mg dispersible tablets (MPS 2786)   3rd Sept 2021

Dalacin (clindamycin) 2% vaginal cream (MPS 2785)   14th September 2021

Alliance Calcium Syrup (MPS 2784)   27th May 2021

Flixotide (fluticasone propionate) 100 Accuhaler (MPS 2780)  11th May 2021

Estradot 75mcg/24 hour patches  (MPS 2777)  29th April 2021

Elleste Solo MX40 and Elleste Solo MX80 Patches (MPS 2776)  29th April 2021

Delmosart (Methylphenidate PR tablets) 36mg - UPDATE Supply Resolved  14th June 2021

Fluoxetine 30mg caps (Advanz) - MPS 2775  23rd April 2021

Pneumococcal Vaccine (Pneumovax 23) pre-filled syringe (MPS 2774)  23.04.21

Propofol Emulsion for Infusion (all strengths) - Update  13th April 2021

Diamorphine 5mg and 10mg amps (MPS 2771)  Update 14th June 2021

Rifinah 300mg/150mg tabs (MPS 2770)  6th May 2021

Ranitidine All Formulations - Updated 31st March 2021

Chloral Hydrate 143.3mg in 5ml oral solution (MPS 2769)  3rd Sept 2021

Competact tabs (MPS 2768)  25th March 2021

Enalapril 5mg tabs (MPS 2766)  18th March 2021

Irbesartan/Hydrochlorothiazide 150mg/12.5mg tabs (MPS 2765)  Updated 12th May 2021

Repaglinide 1mg and 2mg tablets - Supply Disruption Alert  8th March 2021

Colestid┬« (colestipol) orange and plain 5g granules sachets (MPS 2761)  01/03/2021

Discontinuation of Morphine Sulphate (MST Continus) PR Granules Oral Susp (NAPP)

Phyllocontin (Aminophylline) 225mg & 350mg MR tablets  15th February 2021

Midazolam 10mg/2ml solution for injection amps  8th February 2021

Acetazolamide 250mg MR caps  8th February 2021

Levothyroxine 12.5mcg tabs  8th February 2021

Supply Disruption to Stoma Care Products  28th January 2021

Methylprednisolone Powder for Sol Injection (all strengths) 15th Jan 2021

Guidance on Shortages for Primary Care  14th January 2021

Sancuso 3.1mg/24hr transdermal patches (MPS 2750)Updated 1st March 2021

Prednisolone 5mg Supp (RPH Pharmaceuticals) (MPS 2667) - Updated 14th Jan 2021

Konakion MM (phytomenadione) 10mg/ml amps (MPS 2749)  11th January 2021

Lithium Carbonate 200mg and 400mg MR tabs - Updated 5th Jan 2021

Docusate Sodium 100mg Caps (MPS 2746)Updated 1st March 2021

Zemtard (Diltiazem) 240mg XL Caps (MPS 2745) - 21st December 2020

Colestyramine (MPS 2742) - 15th December 2020

Atracurium Besilate Sol for Inj Vials & Amps (all strengths) - 7th Dec 2020

Rifadin (Rifampicin) 100mg/5ml Oral Susp (MPS 2739) - 3rd Dec 2020


Dulcolax (bisacodyl) 5mg and 10mg Supp (MPS 2729) - Updated 14th Jan 2021

Nalcrom 100mg caps (MPS 2725)Updated 3rd Sept 2021

Pneumovax23 pre-filled syringe (MPS 2724) - Updated 3rd Nov 2020 

Konakion MM Paediatric (MPS 2722) -  Updated 11th January 2021

Email sent to CP's - Shortage Information for HSC

Lorazepam (Ativan) 4mg/ml sol for inj (MPS 2716) - Updated 3rd Dec 2020

Normacol and Normacol Plus (MPS 2702)  Updated 14th January 2021

Oral Contraceptive tablets (various brands) (MPS 2684) - 23rd April 2021

Ferrous Fumarate/Folic Acid (Pregaday) tablets (MPS 2679) - Updated 30th Nov 2020

New Measures To Help Manage Shortages - October 2019



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