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ACTION REQUIRED Medicines Shortage Notification* Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup

17 July 2019

Please be aware that there is an important drug supply issue affecting:

‘Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup’ 

  • The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) have been made aware that both suppliers (GSK and Pinewood) are currently out of stock of Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup.  
  • GSK, the main supplier of salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup (Ventolin) have advised a resupply date of early August 2019.
  • Pinewood are long term out of stock due to manufacturing issues and  are currently unable to advise a resupply date.  
  • DHSC have contacted specialist importer companies, who have advised that unlicensed imports can be sourced from abroad.  
  • UK Medicine Information  have also published guidance on other alternative options including the use of salbutamol tablets:

Local Action required:

  1. Please ensure that information about this supply issues is cascaded to all relevant networks.    
  2. For patients who do not have sufficient supplies to last until early August, clinicians should consider prescribing alternative options during this time including unlicensed supplies of Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup. Clinicians will need to work with local pharmacies to understand more about the specific unlicensed products that can be sourced.
  3. Clinicians should refer to the UKMI memo for further advice if an unlicensed supply of Salbutamol 2mg/5ml syrup is considered unsuitable.

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