MHRA Class 2 Medicines Recall: Lamotrigine Desitin 10mg/ml oral suspension (Desitin Pharma UK Ltd)

Drug alert number: EL (24)A/20

Date issued: 06 June 2024

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 medicines recall for: Lamotrigine Desitin 10mg/ml oral suspension (Desitin Pharma UK Ltd) PL 14040/0040

SNOMED Code: 42751111000001102

Batch No Expiry Date Pack Size First Distributed
024171A1 31/01/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024172A1 31/01/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024173A1 31/01/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024174A1 31/01/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024223A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024224A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024225A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024226A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024227A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024237A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024238A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024239A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024243A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024244A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024245A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024246A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024247A1 28/02/2026 300ml 07-May-24
024304A1 31/03/2026 300ml 31-May-24
024305A1 31/03/2026 300ml 31-May-24
024306A1 31/03/2026 300ml 31-May-24
024307A1 31/03/2026 300ml 31-May-24
024308A1 31/03/2026 300ml 31-May-24

Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient: Lamotrigine

Brief description of the problem

Desitin Pharma UK Ltd is recalling all batches of Lamotrigine Desitin 10mg/ml Oral Suspension as a precautionary measure due to an out of specification observation in the appearance of samples during routine stability testing. Desitin Pharma UK Ltd believe that this is a homogeneity issue with the batches manufactured. This issue means that there is the potential for some doses to have too little active ingredient (lamotrigine) in them and some doses to contain too much active ingredient. This could result in potential underdosing or overdosing. No such confirmed reports have been received to date. The root cause of this issue is under investigation, but based on the potential for a homogeneity issue, the product is being recalled as a precautionary measure.

Advice for healthcare professionals

Stop supplying the impacted batch immediately. Quarantine all remaining stock and return it to your supplier/MAH using your supplier’s approved process.

Patients should be advised not to stop their medication as this may cause seizures to start again or happen more often or last longer than before.

1. Pharmacists should identify and immediately contact all patients who have been dispensed the impacted batches and ask them to confirm if they have remaining stock within their possession. If batch traceability information is not available, all patients dispensed this product from 07 May 2024 should be contacted. Patients and carers should be reminded that suddenly stopping an epilepsy medicine may cause seizures to start again or happen more often or last longer than before.

If the pharmacist identifies any patients with an impacted product, they should, in the first instance, contact the patient’s GP or prescriber and discuss alternative lamotrigine treatment for the patient. As patients may require monitoring, other clinicians and healthcare professionals may need to be involved.

2. Prescribers, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals involved in the prescribing/monitoring of patients who are using lamotrigine oral suspension should contact their patients and/or carers directly to ensure that their treatment is reviewed, and a suitable alternative product is prescribed.

Desitin Pharma UK Ltd has confirmed that Lamotrigine Desitin 10mg/ml Oral Suspension (PL 14040/0040) was first distributed on 07 May 2024 and therefore prior to this, this specific product was not available in the UK.  Desitin UK Pharma Ltd have also confirmed that 282 packs have been sold from wholesalers to pharmacies directly and the remaining stock (circa 4800 units) will not be distributed.

Healthcare professionals should be aware that there are no other licensed lamotrigine oral suspension/solutions available, and patients will require substitution with other licensed formulations including tablets, dispersible tablets, and/or an unlicensed product (specials). See details in Further Information section.

Lamotrigine has been designated as a Category 2 Antiepileptic drug (AED).

Full drug alert can be viewed here.

Further Information

For medical information enquiries please contact medinfo@desitin.co.uk. For stock control enquiries please contact alison.wilton@desitin.co.uk.

Support the call for more funding by recording information about the informal advice you provide to patients over just one day.

Click Here