Update on 23 November 2018
This medicine is now back in stock.
Original story 30 October 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.
If you are due to pick up a prescription for Epilim Chronosphere MR 250mg granules before 30 November, your pharmacist may need to give you a different version of your medicine. This might be a different manufacturer’s version of sodium valproate granules, or a different formulation of Epilim. Sanofi has written to healthcare professionals with advice on alternative options.
If you have any concerns about this, speak to your pharmacist, GP, epilepsy specialist or epilepsy specialist nurse.
Sanofi has told us the shortage is due to a temporary disruption in the production of valproate at their manufacturing site in France.