Medicine Supply Notification: Voriconazole (VFEND® ) 40mg/ml powder for oral suspension

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued an update to the medicine supply notification for Voriconazole (VFEND®) 40mg/ml powder for oral suspension issued on 25 March 2021.

MSN/2021/016U

Tier 2 – medium impact

Date of issue 17th August 2022

  • Voriconazole 40mg/ml powder for oral suspension is out of stock until late August 2022.
  • Voriconazole 50mg, 100mg and 200mg tablets remain available.
  • Trusts with residual stock should reserve supplies for children 2 to <12 years of age or patients who require administration via enteral feeding tubes.
  • Unlicensed supplies of voriconazole 40mg/ml oral suspension can be sourced. Lead times may vary.

The following specialist importers have confirmed they can source unlicensed voriconazole 40mg/ml oral suspension (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 unlicensed Voriconazole 40mg/ml oral suspension cannot be issued. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe an unlicensed import, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as ‘ Voriconazole 40mg/ml oral suspension (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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