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Lipitor and Intal supply notifications

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November 19th 2021

Tagged: supply shortages

By DHSC medicines supply team

Tier 2 medicine supply notifications have been issued for:

  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20mg chewable tablets
  • Intal (sodium cromoglicate) CFC-free 5mg inhaler.


Out of stock


Lipitor (atorvastatin) 20mg chewable tablets

 Until late December 2021.

  • Atorvastatin 20mg film-coated tablets;
  • If the above option is not deemed appropriate, consider other alternatives – see MSN for further details.

Intal (sodium cromoglicate) CFC-free 5mg inhaler

Discontinuation – stock expected to be exhausted by end of January 2022.

  • Please refer to BTS guidelines and be aware that inhaled corticosteroids are the first-choice preventer drug.

A new Medicines Supply Tool provides up to date information about medicine supply issues, including these MSNs. To access the Tool register with the SPS website.

There have also been changes to the resupply dates of the medicines listed below. These communications were previously circulated via the NHSE&I commissioning routes.

Original MSN/SDA reference

Date of original MSN/SDA

Supply issue

Resupply date originally communicated

Updated resupply date as of w/c

15 November 2021



Chloral hydrate 143.3mg/5ml oral solution

September 2021

w/c 28 Feb 2022