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Epilepsy Society responds to risks around medication shortages

Stephen Canning, Head of External Affairs

On 7 October 2019, The Mirror published an article about the risks surrounding medication shortages. Here is the full quote that we sent to them.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock reassures that Government are “taking all appropriate steps” to ensure continuation of medication supplies

The Department of Health and Social Care has reassured those living with epilepsy that they are doing "everything they can" to ensure the continuation of medicines supply after the UK leaves the EU. Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, writes for the Epilepsy Society blog.

Gabitril tablets out of stock until end of October - update

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We have been informed by Teva UK that all strengths of Gabitril (tiagabine) tablets will be out of stock in the UK until the end of October.  

Epanutin is now back in stock in the UK

Epanutin oral suspension

We have been informed by Pfizer that as of today, Epanutin 30mg/5ml oral suspension is back in stock in the UK.

Some versions of Mylan's oxcarbazepine are out of stock in the UK

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We have been informed that Mylan is out of stock of its versions of oxcarbazepine 300mg and 600mg tablets.

Epilim and Frisium should be back in stock by end of August

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We have been informed by Sanofi that stock levels of their medicines, including Epilim and Frisium, should be back to normal before the end of August 2019.

Gabitril tablets out of stock until end of October

Drugs stacked on top of one another

We have been informed by Teva UK that all strengths of Gabitril (tiagabine) tablets will be out of stock in the UK until the end of October.  

Milpharm Topiramate 25mg is out of stock in UK

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We have been informed that Milpharm's version of topiramate 25mg tablets are out of stock in the UK.

Diazepam RecTubes 5mg and 10mg are out of stock in UK

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Diazepam RecTubes (rectal diazepam) 5mg and 10mg doses are out of stock in the UK.

Shortage of Epanutin® (phenytoin) 30mg/5ml oral suspension

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We are aware that some of you are struggling to gain access to Epanutin (phenytoin) 30mg/5ml oral suspension. Pfizer has assured us that the Canadian presentation, Dilantin is currently in stock, but comes in 250ml bottles instead of 500ml.

 

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