Medicine Supply Notification: Clomethiazole 192mg capsules

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Clomethiazole 192mg capsules


Tier 2 – medium impact

Date of issue: 5th June 2024

  • Clomethiazole 192mg capsules are out of stock until mid-June 2024
  • Clomethiazole 31.5mg/ml oral solution sugar free is currently out of stock until mid-July 2024
  • Alternative hypnotics/anxiolytics remain available
  • Unlicensed supplies of clomethiazole 192mg capsules can be sourced, lead times vary

Unlicensed products

The following specialist importer has confirmed they can source clomethiazole 192mg 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 the unlicensed product cannot be issued. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe a specially manufactured or imported product, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as ‘ Clomethiazole 192mg capsules sugar-free (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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