(Photo: iStock)

The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has issued a medicine supply disruption notice for H2-antagonists- Cimetidine, Famotidine, and Nizatidine.

Suppliers of Cimetidine, Famotidine and Nizatidine have reported an increase in demand, which has contributed to short term shortages of Cimetidine 200mg tablets, Famotidine 20mg tablets, and Nizatidine 150mg and 300mg tablets, the DH said.

Here is the list of H2-antagonists which are facing supply disruption:

Product Supplier Current Stock Position Anticipated Resupply date Detail
Famotidine 20mg tablets Tilomed Laboratories In stock n/a
Teva UK Out of stock May 2021
Famotidine 40mg tablets Tilomed Laboratories In stock n/a
Teva UK Out of stock June 2021
Cimetidine 200mg tablets Ennogen Pharma Out of stock June 2021 Unlicensed supplies have been sourced
Medreich Out of stock to be confirmed
Cimetidine 400mg tablets Ennogen Pharma Out of stock June 2021
Medreich Out of stock to be confirmed
Cimetidine 800mg tablets Ennogen Pharma Out of stock June 2021
Medreich Out of stock to be confirmed
Cimetidine 200mg/5ml oral solution Rosemont Pharmaceuticals In stock w/c 5 April 2021
Cimetidine (Tagamet) 200mg/5ml syrup Essential Pharma In stock n/a
Nizatidine 150mg capsules Viatris (Mylan) Out of stock to be confirmed
Medreich Out of stock to be confirmed
Relonchem In stock n/a
Nizatidine 300mg capsules  Viatris (Mylan) Out of stock to be confirmed
Medreich Out of stock to be confirmed
Relonchem In stock n/a

 

Target Healthcare, Durbin PLC, Mawdsley’s Unlicensed, and Alium Medical have informed that they can source unlicensed cimetidine 200mg, 400mg and 800mg tablets.
Ennogen has said that it can source unlicensed cimetidine 200mg and 400mg tablets.

The drug manufacturer Smartway Pharma and Waymade PLC have also informed that they are able to source unlicensed cimetidine tablets.

If there is currently no listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems an EPS prescription for unlicensed Cimetidine (strength) tablets cannot be issued.

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

If you want to share your stories and/or experiences with us, please send an email to [email protected]

LEAVE A REPLY