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12 April 2014

Donepezil

Donepezil tablets 10mg, 2 x 14,  were discontinued by Pfizer on 1 April 2014.

Epaxal

Epaxal (hepatitis A vaccine) and Inflexal V (influenza vaccine) will be discontinued by Crucell, part of Janssen, during 2014. Vivotif (typhoid vaccine) will continue to be available until at least the end of April 2014, after which Vivotif will also be discontinued if “divestment” is not possible. 

Frusene

Frusene (triamterene, furosemide; Orion) T100 will be discontinued when current stocks are exhausted. The T56 pack is still available.

Sinepin

Sinepin (doxepin hydrochloride) capsules 25mg and 50mg in packs of 28 are being discontinued by Marlborough Pharma on 18 April 2014. A generic version of the medicine is available through Sovereign Medical on 01268 535230. 

05 April 2014

Gopten

Abbott has discontinued Gopten (trandolapril) capsules 14 x 0.5mg, and 28 x 1mg, 2mg and 4mg.

Sanomigran

Novartis has discontinued Sanomigran Elixir and Sanomigran tablets 0.5mg following the closure of its UK manufacturing site. Stocks of the elixir are already exhausted. The company expects that stocks of the tablets will last until July 2014. Sanomigran tablets 1.5mg are still available.

15 March 2014

Loniten

Loniten (minoxidil) tablets 2.5mg will be available again from Pfizer from 14 April 2014. Medical information is available on 01304 616161. Further information is available on 0845 608 8866.

22 February 2014

Ortho All-Flex Diaphragms

Janssen-Cilag has discontinued Ortho All-Flex Diaphragms (Type C arching spring diaphragm, all sizes).

15 February 2014

Forceval Junior

Alliance Pharmaceuticals has discontinued Forceval Junior capsules. Forceval Capsules, Forceval Soluble and Forceval Soluble Junior are unaffected.

8 February 2014

Hydromol HC Intensive

Hydromol HC Intensive (hydrocortisone/urea) has been discontinued by Alliance. Alphaderm (hydrocortisone/ urea) 1% & 10% w/w Cream remains available. Further information on 01249 466966. 

1 February 2014

Alliance

Alliance has announced that product licences have been cancelled for the following: Meted shampoo 3% and 5% w/w; Pentrax shampoo 4.3% w/v; and Protirelin ampoules.

4/11 January 2014

Anafranil

Novartis is discontinuing Anafranil (clomipramine hydrochloride) capsules 10, 25 and 50mg following the close of the UK manufacturing site where the capsules were previously made. The current stock is expected to last until the end of January 2014 for Anafranil capsules 10mg and 50mg, and until August 2014 for Anafranil capsules 25mg. Medical information on 01276 698370.

Otosporin

GlaxoSmithKline is discontinuing Otosporin (polymyxin B sulfate, neomycin sulfate and hydrocortisone) ear drops 5ml and 10ml due to manufacturing complexities. It is expected that stock of the 5ml pack size will be exhausted by January 2014 and stock of the 10ml pack size will be exhausted by May 2014. Further information on 0800 221 441.

21/28 December 2013

Nizoral

Janssen has discontinued Nizoral (ketoconazole) tablets 200mg following an EU-wide review of heptatoxicity with oral ketoconazole.

07/14 December 2013

Chirocaine solution

Chirocaine (levobupivacaine) solution for infusion 0.625mg/ml has been discontinued by AbbVie.

Haldol tablets

Haldol (haloperidol) tablets are being discontinued by Janssen. Stock of Haldol tablets 5mg is expected to run out at the end of December 2013 and stock of Haldol tablets 10mg is expected to run out at the end of Janurary 2014. Haldol oral solution 2mg/ml and Haldol injection 5mg/ml will remain available. 

Suplena

Suplena (nutrition drink for patients with kidney disease) 237ml will be discontinued by Abbott Nutrition on 1 January 2014.

9 November 2013

Teveten

Abbott will discontinue Teveten (eprosartan) film-coated tablets 400mg from 23 December 2013 due to a regulatory update of the European licence. The 300mg and 600mg strengths will continue to be available. Further information on 023 8046 7000.

Zinnat

GlaxoSmithKline has discontinued Zinnat tablets 250mg x 50 because of low customer demand. The company expects that stocks will be exhausted by the end of November 2013. No other presentations are affected. Further information on 0800 221441.

12 October 2013

Diprobath

Merck Sharp & Dohme has discontinued Diprobath emollient 500ml and it has been deleted from Part XVIIB(I) of the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary and Part II Clause 10B(III) of the Drug Tariff.

Rivotril

Roche has discontinued Rivotril (clonazepam) ampoules 1mg/ml x 5 because of ongoing supply chain delays and limited use in its licensed indication. Medical information on 0800 328 1629.

5 October 2013

Anexate

Anexate ampoules (flumazenil) 500µg/5ml are being discontinued by Roche. Stock is expected to be exhausted in October 2013. Further information on 0800 731 5711.

Aranesp

Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) prefilled syringe 15µg is being discontinued in February 2014 by Amgen. All other doses of Aranesp prefilled syringe and Aranesp SureClick will continue to be available. Medical information on 01223 436441.

Powergel

Powergel (ketoprofen) 2.5% in pump dispensers of 50g and 100g have been discontinued by A Menarini. Powergel in tubes remains available. Further information on 0800 085 8678.

Vascace

Vascace (cilazapril monohydrate) tablets are being discontinued by Roche upon exhaustion of stock. For Vascace 0.5mg tablets this is estimated to be December 2013, for the 1mg and 2.5mg tablets October 2013 and for the 5mg tablets August 2014. Further information on 0800 731 5711.

28 September 2013

Diflucan

Pfizer is discontinuing Diflucan (fluconazole) infusion 50mg in 25ml once current stocks are exhausted, expected to be mid October 2013. No other Diflucan products will be affected. Further information on 0845 608 8866.

Ortho-Gynest

Janssen-Cilag has discontinued Ortho-Gynest (estriol) pessaries 0.5mg in the 15 pessary pack size. Stock is expected to last until the end of November 2013. Medical information on 01494 567444.

21 September 2013

Anexate

Anexate (flumazenil) ampoules 500µg are being discontinued by Roche once current stocks are exhausted. Further information on 01707 366000.

Serevent Diskhaler

GlaxoSmithKline has discontinued the Serevent Diskhaler (salmeterol xinafoate) and refill packs. Remaining stock of the Serevent Disks 50µg 15 disks refill pack is expected to last until October 2013, and stocks of the Serevent Disks and Diskhaler 50µg 15 disks are expected to be exhausted by April 2014. Further information on 020 8990 9000.

14 September 2013

Ensure Plus blackcurrant

Abbott Nutrition has discontinued Ensure plus (oral nutrition supplement) 220ml in blackcurrant flavour. All other flavours remain available. Further information on 0800 252882.

Prescal

Prescal (isradipine) tablets have been discontinued by Novartis. Generic versions of isradapine are available. Further information on 01276 698370.

Roferon-A

Roferon-A (interferon-alfa-2a) cartridge, pen and needles are being discontinued by Roche due to low demand. Roferon-A syringes will remain available, but are currently in short supply. Further information on 0800 328 1629.

Trandate

RPH Pharmaceuticals has discontinued the pack of 250 Trandate (labetalol hydrochloride) tablets 400mg because of lack of demand. The 56-tablet pack size remains available. Further information on 01283 495280.

22 June 2013

Anugesic HC

Pfizer is discontinuing Anugesic HC (pramoxine hydrochloride, hydrocortisone acetate) suppositories once current stocks are exhausted, expected to be by the end of July 2013. Anugesic HC cream 30mg is not affected. More information on 0845 608 8866.

04 May 2013

Quetiapine fumarate

Quetiapine fumarate tablets 150mg 6 x 10 have been discontinued by Pfizer. Other quetiapine fumarate strengths are still available. Further information on 0845 608 8866.

23 March 2013

Ensure Plus caramel

Abbott Nutrition is discontinuing Ensure plus (oral nutrition supplement) 220ml in caramel flavour. All other flavours remain available. Further information on 0800 252 882.

Toradol

Toradol (ketorolac trometamol) tablets 10mg have been discontinued by Roche due to low demand. Further information on 0800 328 1629.

09 March 2013

Femulen

Pfizer is discontinuing Femulen (ethynodiol diacetate) tablets 500mg 3 x 28 once current stocks are exhausted, expected to be by the end of March 2013. More information on 0845 608 8866.

02 March 2013

Synarel

Synarel (nafarelin acetate) nasal spray 4ml has been discontinued by Pfizer, as of 28 February 2013. This does not affect the Synarel nasal spray 8ml pack size. Further information on 0845 608 8866.

 

23 February 2013

Cyclophosphamide

Pfizer has discontinued cyclophosphamide tablets 50mg. Further information on 0845 608 8866.

16 February 2013

Eldepryl syrup

Eldepryl syrup (selegiline hydrochloride) 10mg/5ml will be discontinued by Orion when stocks are exhausted. Patients are advised to visit their prescriber to discuss treatment.  Eldepryl tablets 5mg and 10mg are not affected and continue to be available. Further information on 01635 520300.

02 February 2013

Eucardic

Roche has discontinued Eucardic (carvedilol) tablets 12.5mg due to low demand. Stocks have already been exhausted, so this product is no longer available to order.

Invirase

Roche is discontinuing Invirase (saquinavir) capsules 200mg x 270 due to low demand. Orders can be placed with Roche until stocks are depleted, which is expected to be this month. 

26 Janaury 2013

Xeplion Initiation Pack

Janssen has discontinued Xeplion (paliperidone palmitate) Initiation Packs. This was a combined pack of 150mg and 100mg injections. All presentations of Xeplion remain available. Further information on 01494 567444.

17 November 2012

Ubretid

Sanofi will be discontinuing Ubretid (distigmine bromide) tablets 5mg x 30 from 30 November 2012. Ubretid tablets 5mg x 50 will be able available from IDIS as an unlicensed product when Sanofi discontinues supply. Further information on 01932 824100. 

 

20 October 2012

Fersamal

Fersamal (ferrous fumurate) tablets 210mg are being discontinued by Mercury Pharma with immediate effect. Further information on 020 8588 9441.

Oculotect

Oculotect (povidone k25; Novartis) eye drops will be discontinued when stock runs out in November 2012. Further information on 01276 698370.

 

06 October 2012

Dovobet Ointment

Dovobet Ointment (calcipotriol/ betamethasone) 60g pack size is being discontinued by LEO Pharma. The 120g pack remains available. Further information on 01844 347333.

Zestril

Zestril (lisinopril dihydrate) 2.5mg tablets are being discontinued by AstraZeneca. Current stocks are expected to last until 31 December 2012. Zestril 5mg, 10mg and 20mg will continue to be available. Further information on 0800 032 0501

 

22/29 September 2012

Cafergot tablets 1mg

Cafergot (ergotamine tartrate and caffeine) tablets 1mg have been discontinued by Alliance. Stock with an expiry date of 31 January 2013 is currently available.

 

 

15 September 2012

Maxolon SR

Maxolon SR (metoclopramide hydrochloride; Amdipharm) capsules have been withdrawn from the market for commercial reasons with immediate effect. No more stock is available from Amdipharm. Maxolon tablets 10mg remain available. 

 

1 September 2012

Nurofen for Children

Nurofen for Children 150ml dispensing pack has been discontinued by Reckitt Benckiser. Stocks are expected to be depleted by mid October. Further information on 0500 208209.

Sandocal +D1200

Sandocal +D1200 effervescent tablets have been discontinued by Novartis Consumer Health. Stock enquiries on 01276 687290. Medical information on 01276 687202.

 

4/11 August 2012

Hypnovel

Hypnovel (midazolam) solution for injection 10mg/5ml has been discontinued by Roche Products. Hypnovel solution for injection 10mg/2ml will remain available. Further information on 0800 328 1629 or by email (medinfo.uk@roche.com).

 

28 July 2012

CalCold Six Plus

CalCold Six Plus (paracetamol, diphenhydramine) has been discontinued by Johnson and Johnson. Further information on  01628 822222.

Nicorette Freshmint

Nicorette (nicotine) Freshmint lozenge 2mg will be discontinued from 1 September 2012 by Johnson and Johnson. Further information on  01628 822222.

Nicorette patches

Nicorette (nicotine) patches 5mg, 10mg and 15mg have been discontinued by Johnson and Johnson. The patches have been replaced by Nicorette (nicotine) Invisi Patch 10mg, 15mg and 25mg. Further information on  01628 822222.

 

21 July 2012

Nyogel

Nyogel (timolol maleate) eye gel 0.1% has been discontinued by Novartis. Medical information on 01276 698370.

Retin-A

Retin-A (tretinoin) gel 0.01% and 0.025% has been discontinued by Janssen-Cilag. No stock remains of the 0.025% gel. Stocks of the 0.01% gel are expected to be exhausted in October 2012. Medical information on 01494 567444.

 

14 July 2012

Nicotinell Classic

Nicotinell (nicotine) Classic chewing gum, 2mg and 4mg, has been discontinued by Novartis Consumer Health. Further information on 01276 687300. 

 

7 July 2012

Mobic

Mobic (meloxicam) tablets 7.5mg and 15mg will be discontinued by Boehringer Ingelheim in October 2012. Stocks are expected to be exhausted in August 2012. Further information on 01344 742579 or email medinfo.bra@boehringer-ingelheim.com.

 

23 June 2012

Kytril

Kytril (granisetron) ampoules 1mg/1ml have been discontinued by Roche. Kytril tablets 1mg and 2mg remain available. Medical information on 0800 328 1629 or email (medinfo.uk@roche.com).

 

16 June 2012

Burinex

Burinex (bumetanide) tablets 1mg and 5mg and bumetanide injection 0.5mg/ml will be discontinued from 31 June 2012 by Leo Pharma. Medical information on 01844 347 333 or email medical-info.uk@leo-pharma.com.

Zinacef

Zinacef (cefuroxime) 750mg x 100 vials have been discontinued by GlaxoSmithKline. Stocks are expected to be exhausted by the end of June 2012. Zinacef 750mg x 5 vial packs remain available. Further information on 0800 221441.

 

19 May 2012

Neomercazole

Neomercazole (carbimazole) tablets 5mg and 20mg will be discontinued from 1 June 2012 by Amdipharm. Medical information on 01268 823049.

Valoid

Valoid (cyclizine) tablets 50mg will be discontinued from 1 June 2012 by Amdipharm. Medical information on 01268 823049.

 

12 May 2012

Predsol

Predsol (prednisolone) suppositories 5mg have been discontinued by Focus Pharmaceuticals. Further information on 01283 495280.

 

5 May 2012

Eucardic

Eucardic (carvedilol) tablets 3.125mg, 6.25mg and 12.25mg have been discontinued by Roche Products. Some stock of the 6.25mg and 12.25mg strengths remain available from wholesalers. Further information on 0800 328 1629.

 

28 April 2012

Synflex

Synflex (naproxen) tablets 275mg have been discontinued by Roche Products. Medical information on 0800 3281629.

Xamiol gel

Xamiol (calcipotriol, betamethasone) gel will be discontinued by Leo Pharma from 1 May 2012. Stocks are expected to be exhausted in June 2012. Medical information on 01844 347333.

 

7/14 April 2012

Cisplatin

Cisplatin powder for injection 50mg has been discontinued by Pfizer. Pfizer customer centre on 0845 608 8866.

 

24 March 2012

Heparin

Packs of 10 of 20ml heparin 1000IU/ml ampoules have been discontinued by Leo Pharma. Medical information on 01844 347333.

Sodium fusidate

Sodium fusidate for intravenous infusion 500mg will be discontinued by Leo Pharma from 1 April 2012. Medical information on 01844 347333.

 

10 March 2012

Ensure Plus Fibre

Abbott Nutrition will discontinue the fruits of the forest flavour of Ensure Plus Fibre from 15 April 2012. Further information on 01628 773355.

Trasicor

Trasicor (oxprenolol) tablets 20mg, 40mg and 80mg have been discontinued by Amdipharm. Slow Trasicor tablets 160mg remain available. Further information on 0870 777 7675.

 

3 March 2012

Polyfax

Polyfax (polymyxin B sulphate) ophthalmic ointment has been discontinued by Teva UK. Polyfax dermal ointment remains available. Stock related enquiries on 01977 628500. Medical information on 020 7540 7117.

 

25 February 2012

Cisplatin

Cisplatin powder for injection 50mg is being discontinued by Pfizer. Stocks are expected to be exhausted by 31 March 2012. Further information on 0845 608 8866. Medical information on 01304 616161.

 

18 February 2012

Eucardic

Eucardic (carvedilol) tablets 25mg have been discontinued by Roche. Further information on 0800 3281629.

 

11 February 2012

Heparin sodium

Heparin sodium 1,000 IU/ml ampoule for infusion 10 x 20ml ampoules will be discontinued by Leo Pharma on 1 March 2012 or when stocks have been exhausted, whichever is earlier. Medical information and stock enquiries on 01844 347333 (email medical-info.uk@leo-pharma.com).

Metenix

Metenix (metolazone) tablets 5mg will be discontinued by Sanofi by the end of March 2012. Further information on 01483 505515.

Sodium fusidate

Sodium fusidate for intravenous infusion 500mg will be discontinued by Leo Pharma on 1 April 2012 or when stocks have been exhausted, whichever is earlier. Medical information and stock enquiries on 01844 347333 (email medical-info.uk@leo-pharma.com).

 

4 February 2012

Trasidrex

Trasidrex (oxprenolol, cyclopenthiazide) tablets have been discontinued by Goldshield. Further information on 020 8588 9273; medical information on 08700 703033. 

 

28 January 2012

Sandocal+D 600

Sandocal+D 600 (calcium carbonate, colecalciferol, calcium lactate gluconate) effervescent tablets have been discontinued by Novartis Consumer Heath. Sandocal+D 1200 effervescent tablets will remain available. Information on 01403 323046.

Tixylix dry cough

Tixylix (pholcodine) dry cough 100ml has been discontinued by Novartis Consumer Heath. Further information on 01403 210211.

 

21 January 2012

Eurax hydrocortisone

Eurax Hydrocortisone (hydrocortisone, crotamiton) cream 30g has been discontinued by Novartis Consumer Health. Eurax Hydrocortisone cream 15g will remain available. Further information on 01403 210211.

Faslodex

Single packs of Faslodex (fulvestrant; AstraZeneca) injection 250mg/5ml will be discontinued by 1 February 2012. Faslodex injection 250mg/5ml twin packs will remain available.  Medical information on 0800 783 0033.

 

14 January 2012

Becodisks

Becodisks Diskhaler (beclometasone dipropionate) and Becodisks refills are being discontinued. The Diskhalers (100μg, 200μg and 400μg) will be discontinued from February 2012 and the refills (100μg, 200μg and 400μg) will be discontinued from May. Further information from GlaxoSmithKline on 0800 221 441.

Estraderm

Estraderm (estradiol) TTS 25 and TTS 100 patches have been discontinued by Novartis. Estraderm (estradiol) MX 25, 50, 75 and 100 remain available. Further information on 01276 698370.

 

7 January 2012

Asmabec Clickhaler

Asmabec Clickhaler (beclometasone dipropionate) 50μg has been discontinued by Focus Pharmaceuticals. The 100μg and 250μg strengths remain available. Further information on 01283 495280.

Zemplar

The 2ml ampoule of Zemplar (paricalcitol) solution for injection 5μg/ml has been discontinued by Abbott Laboratories. The 1ml ampoule remains available. Further information on 01628 773 355.