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Epilim Chrono 200mg ongoing shortage in UK

2 Nov 2017

Update as of 20 November 2017

These tablets are still out of stock. Sanofi expects to have more stock available from 27 November 2017.

Some pharmacists are having problems getting hold of Epilim Chrono 200mg tablets due to an ongoing shortage. Sanofi are currently out of stock of these tablets. They expect to send more stock to wholesalers around 13 November 2017.

Sanofi last sent supplies of Epilim Chrono 200mg to wholesalers on 24 October, so some may still have stock. Your pharmacist can contact Sanofi customer services to find out which wholesalers have had deliveries.

All other doses of Epilim Chrono are in stock.

If you have any concerns about getting your medicine, speak to your doctor, epilepsy nurse or epilepsy specialist. We will update this page when we know more about this stock situation.

Comments: read the 4 comments or add yours


Why aren't people who take the above tablet is in short supply told with immediate effect of this problem, or do want the epilepsy grand mal seizures to increase dramatically. I suggest you apologise to us NOW

Submitted by Keith Thomas on

As these tablets have a long shelf life and presumably demand for the tablets is relatively stable why is there no stockpile maintained. I am counting down my last lot of tablets. It is not clear who is addressing this as my doctor told me to hunt around and pharmacy says they are looking. I cannot go around asking for the tablets without a prescription which is currently stuck with my usual pharmacy!

Submitted by Lance on

Hi Lance

We are aware of how frustrating it is for people with epilepsy to have such regular shortages of their epilepsy medicines.

Sometimes it can be about availability of the core ingredient. Sometimes there are licensing problems. Once there was a fire in a manufacturing plant.

It’s possible your pharmacist may have a clearer idea about what the problem with Epilim Chrono has been. Hopefully the stocks are coming back in now. If they have arrived but not yet reached the wholesalers your pharmacist could contact Sanofi and see if they could send an emergency supply.



Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Cherry-Epilepsy... on

It's not just Chrono - my Pharmacist has tried to get Epilim 500mg Gastro-Resistant tablets for 2 weeks from 4 different wholesalers. Have Epilepsy Action contacted Sanofi to find out what the problem is?

Submitted by Natalie on

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