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Bisacodyl/Trifluoperazine supply updates

Supply interruptions until at least late November

November 12th 2020

Tagged: supply shortages

By Ailsa Colquhoun

DHSC medicines supply team has published the following medicines supply notices (MSNs):

  • A Tier 2 medicines supply notification update for Bisacodyl 5mg and 10mg suppositories
  • A Tier 2 medicines supply notification for Trifluoperazine 1mg/5ml syrup

The table below provides a summary of the linked MSNs:


Out of stock until


Bisacodyl 5mg and 10mg suppositories

  • 5mg suppositories – Late November 2020 (update)
  • 10mg suppositories -Early February 2021

Alternative preparations remain available.

Trifluoperazine 1mg/5ml syrup

             April 2021

Alternative formulations remain available

There have also been changes to the resupply dates of the medicines listed below.

Original MSN reference

Date of original MSN/SDA

Supply issue

Resupply date originally communicated

Updated resupply date as of w/c 09th November 2020



Nalcrom 100mg capsules

Late November 2020

Delayed until early January 2021



Phytomenadione 2mg/0.2ml injection

November 2020

Delayed until late January 2021










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