Levomepromazine 25mg/1ml solution for injection will remain unavailable until the week commencing March 7,2022, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said in an update.
While alternative medicines for use in palliative care remain available in ample supply to support an uplift in demand, the date supply resumption of Levomepromazine is yet to be confirmed.
The DHSC has sent a copy of this medicine supply notification to all pharmacy NHS email addresses.
It further informed primary care providers that prescription validation has been temporarily implemented at wholesaler level.
To ensure continuity of supply to patients, the department has advised community pharmacists to work with their local hospitals and request mutual aid if wholesaler supplies are exhausted.
In case pharmacists are not able to secure supplies via mutual aid, they should work with specialist palliative care teams to use alternative medication, the DHSC stated.