The event organisers, in the meantime will be focussing on how they can support the profession during this time – especially with Flu season fast approaching.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Pethidine 50mg tablets

Martindale is running out of stock of Pethidine 50mg tablets. Supplies are currently available from Teva although they will be out of stock by the end of August.

There are no alternative suppliers.

Neither company are currently able to advise a resupply date as the issue is due to a problem at the active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing site.

“Unlicensed supplies of Pethidine 50mg tablets have been sourced. There is currently no listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems so an EPS prescription for unlicensed Pethidine 50mg tablets cannot be issued,” the supply notification has said.

If a prescriber wishes to prescribe an unlicensed import, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as ‘Pethidine 50mg tablets (Special Order)‘and endorsed by the pharmacy as a non-Part VIIIB special.

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