Medicine Supply Notification: Acarbose 50mg and 100mg tablets

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Acarbose 50mg and 100mg tablets.


Tier 2 – medium impact

Date of issue 1st December 2022

  • Acarbose 50mg tablets are out of stock until w/c 5/12/2022
  • Acarbose 100mg tablets are out of stock until w/c 19/12/2022
  • Other medicines licensed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes remain available.
  • Specialist advice required if acarbose is being used off label for dumping syndrome.

A copy of this medicine supply notification, including further information for pharmacy teams, has been sent to all pharmacy NHS email addresses.

DHSC and NHSE/I have now launched an online Medicines Supply Tool, which provides up to date information about medicine supply issues. The contents of these MSNs can now be viewed on the Tool.

The Tool also details any changes to resupply dates and updates to the entries.

To access the Tool you will need  an NHS email address. Once set up and logged in, you will be able to access it online.

New shortages not listed on the SPS website, can be reported using our shortage reporting tool.

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