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Teva lamotrigine tablets – some doses out of stock in the UK

8 Jun 2018

Teva is out of stock of the following medicines:

• Lamotrigine Teva 100 mg tablets (non-dispersible)
• Lamotrigine Teva 50 mg tablets (non-dispersible)

Teva does not currently know when these will be back in stock. We'll update this page when we know more.

The 25 mg and 200 mg tablets (non-dispersible) are in stock. All doses of Teva's dispersible lamotrigine tablets are in stock.

If you have any concerns about this, please speak to your GP, epilepsy nurse or epilepsy specialist for advice.

Zentiva sodium valproate discontinued in the UK

17 Apr 2018

Zentiva has stopped making the following medicines:

   - Sodium Valproate Zentiva 200mg gastro-resistant tablets
   - Sodium Valproate Zentiva 500mg gastro-resistant tablets
   - Sodium Valproate Zentiva 200 mg/5 ml liquid

If you take this version of sodium valproate, you’ll need to switch to another version. If you have any concerns about this, speak to your doctor, epilepsy nurse or pharmacist.

Carbagen SR out of stock in the UK

20 Mar 2018

Update as of 20 March 2018:
Carbagen SR prolonged release tablets are still out of stock due to manufacturing issues. Mylan expects to have stock available at the end of August 2018.

Original story 16 February 2018:

Carbagen SR (prolonged release carbamazepine) tablets are out of stock in all doses. Mylan, the makers of Carbagen SR, does not know when it will have these tablets back in stock.

Standard release Carbagen tablets are in stock in 200mg and 400mg doses.

Accord and Actavis topiramate UK stock update

24 Jan 2018

Update as of 24 January 2018:

Accord 50mg topiramate tablets are back in stock in the UK.

There is limited stock available of 25mg, 100mg and 200mg Accord topiramate tablets, with more stock expected soon.

Actavis topiramate tablets are out of stock in all doses. Actavis expects to have them back in stock in February

Original story 21 December 2017:

Accord topiramate tablets are out of stock in the UK in all doses.

Parents and carers advised to check Buccolam syringes before use

18 Jan 2018

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised people to carefully check Buccolam prefilled syringes before giving the medicine. This is because in a small number of cases, the translucent tip-cap has stayed attached to the syringe when the red cap has been removed.

If the translucent tip-cap stays on the syringe it will stop the medicine entering the mouth. It could also lead to the tip-cap falling into the person’s mouth when pressure is applied to the syringe.

Potential product defect with Buccolam (buccal midazolam) prefilled plastic syringes

30 Nov 2017

Shire Pharmaceuticals in the UK has reported a product defect with some of its Buccolam prefilled syringes. In a small number of cases, the translucent tip-cap has stayed on the syringe when the red cap is pulled off.

If the translucent tip-cap stays on the syringe it will stop the medicine entering the mouth. It could also lead to the tip-cap falling into the person’s mouth when pressure is applied to the syringe.

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