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Originator: DHSC & NHS England and Improvement: Supply disruption alert

Issue date: 10-Jan-2020 10:51:13

This alert has been issued to:
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  • GP - Locum
  • NHS 111 and Out of hours providers
  • GP Practices
  • DHSC Supply Disruption - Medicines

Action category: Action

Title: Phenytoin Sodium NRIM 100mg capsules - Supply Disruption Alert

Broadcast content:
Accord will be out of stock of phenytoin sodium 100mg capsules until early May 2020.

Phenytoin is classified by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as a Category 1 anti-epileptic drug; for these drugs, prescribers are advised to ensure that their patient is maintained on a specific manufacturer’s product. 

An alternative phenytoin sodium 100mg capsules manufactured by Flynn Pharma is available, however switching to an alternative formulation requires monitoring and may also require specialist support, advice or referral.  

This alert contains advice on the management of affected patients.

Additional information: NHS Regional Offices: please cascade to community pharmacy.

Alert reference: SDA/2020/001

Action underway deadline: 14-Jan-2020

Action complete deadline: 08-May-2020


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