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Specialist clinicians in the UK can prescribe cannabis-based medicines to people with “exceptional clinical need”

31 Oct 2018

From today, specialist clinicians can prescribe cannabis-based medicines in the UK to patients with “exceptional clinical need”. They will no longer need to apply to an expert panel for a licence.

The UK government has rescheduled cannabis-based medicines under the Misuse of Drugs regulations 2001. They are now no longer listed under Schedule 1 alongside substances considered to have no therapeutic effect. 

Epilim Chronosphere MR (sodium valproate) 250mg granules out of stock in UK

30 Oct 2018

Epilim Chronosphere MR 250mg granules are temporarily out of stock. The maker of Epilim Chronosphere, Sanofi, expects to have them back in stock from 30 November 2018.

Other doses of Epilim Chronosphere are available. But Sanofi has advised pharmacists to avoid making up the dose with 50mg and 100mg granules. If they do, it’s likely these doses will also go out of stock.

Frisium (clobazam) tablets out of stock in UK

29 Oct 2018

Frisium (clobazam) tablets are temporarily out of stock. Sanofi expects to have them back in stock in the week beginning 5 November 2018.

If you are due to run out before this date, your pharmacist may need to give you another manufacturer’s version of clobazam tablets. If you have any concerns about taking a different version, speak to your doctor, epilepsy nurse or pharmacist.

Epanutin 30mg/5ml Oral Suspension epilepsy medicine out of stock in the UK

25 Oct 2018

Pfizer, the company that makes epilepsy medicine Epanutin (phenytoin), has informed Epilepsy Action that the 30mg/5ml Oral Suspension is out of stock. They expect supplies to be back in stock in December.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has sent an alert to all UK healthcare professionals. This includes everyone that prescribes, dispenses or administers this medicine.

Epanutin Oral Suspension out of stock in UK

25 Oct 2018

Update 25 October 2018: 

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) have sent an alert and guidance to all healthcare professionals who prescribe, dispense or administer Epanutin 30mg/5ml Oral Suspension.

They have asked GPs to make early contact with their patients who are prescribed this medicine, to find out if they have enough supplies to last them until early December. If you don’t have enough supplies, you should make contact with your GP now, rather than wait to hear from them.