Medicine Supply Notification: Diamorphine 5mg and 10mg powder for solution for injection ampoules – Updated

Update: (10/01/2022) Addition of 10mg diamorphine ampoules to the notification, both strengths will be unavailable until February 2022.


Tier 2 – medium impact

Date of issue: 29/11/2021

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Diamorphine 5mg powder for solution for injection ampoules.

  • Diamorphine 5mg ampoules are out of stock until early January 2022
  • Diamorphine 10mg, 30mg and 100mg ampoules remain available however are unable to support an uplift in demand.
  • Clinicians in both primary and secondary care are reminded of permanent actions they were recommended to take in the Supply Disruption Alert for diamorphine ampoules issued in March 2020.

Supporting information

SPS Mi shortage memo diamorphine injection 5mg and 10mg

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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