Medicine Supply Notification: Desmopressin (Octim) 150mcg per actuation nasal spray (Ferring Pharmaceuticals) – Updated

Update: 08/11/2021 Expected resupply date now late 2023

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Desmopressin (Octim) 150mcg per actuation nasal spray (Ferring Pharmaceuticals)

• Desmopressin (Octim®) 150 micrograms per actuation nasal spray is out of stock until mid-2021.

• Ferring Pharmaceuticals have recalled Octim® nasal sprays, as a precautionary measure due to a lower volume of solution being observed and out of specification results of desmopressin acetate and benzalkonium chloride.

• Desmopressin (Octim®) 15 micrograms per ml injection remains available and can be prescribed as an alternative.

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

The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide a monthly update on potential supply issues affecting both primary and secondary care. This update is uploaded on the Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS) website. To register, 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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