Medicine Supply Notification: Chlordiazepoxide 5mg and 10mg capsules

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Chlordiazepoxide 5mg and 10mg capsules.


Tier 3 – High impact

Date of issue 2nd November 2022

  • All suppliers of Chlordiazepoxide 10mg and 5mg capsules are currently out of stock until w/c 7th November 2022
  • Viatris expect to have sufficient stock available to meet full UK market demand from w/c 7th November 2022.
  • CMU framework holders Kent Pharmaceuticals and Crescent Pharmaceuticals will not return to stock until late November 2022.
  • Diazepam tablets are an alternative benzodiazepine option for treating alcohol withdrawal and suppliers can support an increase in demand.
  • For all other indications, alternative benzodiazepines remain available and will be able to support an increase in demand.

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.

Pharmacy owners are reminded of the requirement to complete the 2023 workforce survey, which is a mandatory requirement for all pharmacy owners. The survey will close on Sunday 17th December 2023.

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