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Lamictal low in stock

19 January, 2017

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has told us it is having problems with the supply of Lamictal. This is due to manufacturing problems.

Update as of February 8 2017:

50 mg tablets are back in stock.

100 mg tablets are now out of stock. GSK are due to get some stock in this week, and expect to be back to full stock levels in the week commencing 13th March.

Original story:

50 mg tablets: low in stock. The current stock is due to last until the end of January. GSK don’t know when they will be back in stock.

100 mg tablets: low in stock. GSK expects stock to be back to normal on 6 February.

200 mg tablets: stock levels are normal.

When we get an update on this situation we will update this page.

If you have any concerns about this please speak to your doctor or epilepsy nurse. 

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I got caught by the Lamictal shortage this week. The electronic prescription worked but the pharmacy just did nothing as they couldn't get stock. By the time I contacted them I had barely a week in stock and they seemed relaxed about leaving me without. It was only when I applied very heavy pressure that they agreed to investigate, found that 50mg were available, got me to conse to taking 2 50mg per dose asked the GP, and then ordered the stock.

Surely one should expect the pharmacy to say there is a problem and come up with a solution.

I suspect that at least part of the cause is that GSK, wholesalers, and major pharmacy chain all carry minimal stock so the slightest interruption is passed on to the patient almost immediately. I am going to build up at least a two month overstock of my epilepsy drugs, rotating them of courde, so that I will have a buffer against further supply interruptions if required.

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