Medicine Supply Notification: Guanfacine (Intuniv®) 2mg and 3mg modified-release tablets

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Guanfacine (Intuniv®) 2mg and 3mg modified-release tablets.

MSN/2024/037

Tier 2 – medium impact

Date of issue: 28th March 2024

  • Guanfacine 2mg and 3mg modified-release (MR) tablets are out of stock until w/c 6 May 2024.
  • Guanfacine 1mg and 4mg MR tablets remain available but cannot support increased demand.
  • Switching patients to alternative strengths of guanfacine MR tablets to make up dose will prolong the supply disruptions.
  • Unlicensed supplies of guanfacine MR tablets have been sourced, lead times vary.

Unlicensed products

The following specialist importers have confirmed they can source unlicensed Intuniv® 2mg and 3mg modified-release tablets (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 ‘ Intuniv® 2mg or 3mg modified-release tablets (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.

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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