Medicine Supply Notification: Atomoxetine 40mg and 60mg capsules

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Atomoxetine 40mg and 60mg capsules.

MSN/2023/068

Tier 2 – medium impact

Date of issue 21st July 2023

  • Atomoxetine 40mg and 60mg capsules will be out of stock from late July 2023 until September 2023
  • Other strengths and formulations of atomoxetine remain available but in insufficient quantities to meet increased demand.
  • Guanfacine (Intuniv®) prolonged release tablets remain available.
  • For information on the availability of methylphenidate prolonged release tablets, please refer to the Medicine Supply Tool
  • Unlicensed supplies of atomoxetine 40mg and 60mg capsules may be sourced, lead times vary.

Unlicensed imports

The following specialist importers have confirmed they can source unlicensed atomoxetine 40mg and 60mg capsules (please note there may be other companies that can also source 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 unlicensed Atomoxetine Xmg capsules cannot be issued. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe a specially manufactured or imported product, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as ‘ Atomoxetine Xmg capsules (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.

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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