Medicine Supply Notification: Acetazolamide (Diamox® SR) 250mg modified-release capsules

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Acetazolamide (Diamox® SR) 250mg modified-release capsules.

MSN/2023/033

Tier 2 – medium impact

Date of issue 27th March 2023

  • Acetazolamide (Diamox® SR) 250mg modified-release capsules are out of stock until end of July 2023.
  • Acetazolamide immediate release 250mg tablets remain available and can support an uplift in demand.
  • Limited supplies of unlicensed imports of acetazolamide SR 250mg capsules have been sourced, lead times vary.
  • A number of Special manufacturers are able to produce acetazolamide oral suspension in various strengths (including sugar-free formulations).

Unlicensed imports

The following specialist importer(s) have currently confirmed availability of unlicensed acetazolamide SR 250mg capsules (please note, there may be other companies that can also source supplies):

Specials

The following companies have indicated they can supply specials of acetazolamide oral suspension in various strengths (please note, there may be other companies that can manufacture supplies):

If there is currently no listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems an EPS prescription for Acetazolamide capsules or suspension cannot be issued. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe a specially manufactured or imported product, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as ‘ Acetazolamide SR 250mg capsules (Special Order) or Acetazolamide oral suspension (Special Order)‘ and endorsed by the pharmacy as a non-Part VIIIB special with the following information:

  • Amount dispensed over pack size used;
  • Invoice price per pack size from which the order was supplied less any discount or rebate;
  • Manufacturers’/importers’ MHRA licence number;
  • Batch number of the product supplied;
  • SP

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

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