Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin®) 500mg suppositories.


Tier 2 – medium impact

Date of issue 3rd February 2023

Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin®) 500mg suppositories will be out of stock from 6th February until w/c 20th March 2023.
Alternative aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) containing suppositories are available and can support the uplift in demand.

A copy of this medicine supply notification, including further information for pharmacy teams, has been sent to all pharmacy NHS email addresses.

DHSC and NHSE/I have now launched an online Medicines Supply Tool, which provides up to date information about medicine supply issues. The contents of these MSNs can now be viewed on the Tool.

The Tool also details any changes to resupply dates and updates to the entries.

To access the Tool you will need  an NHS email address. Once set up and logged in, you will be able to access it online.

New shortages not listed on the SPS website, can be reported using our shortage reporting tool.

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