Greater Glasgow and Clyde Medicines

Key Medicine Shortages – June 2021

Monthly Update

  1. Champix® (varenicline) 0.5mg and 1mg tablets – the manufacturer, Pfizer, has advised there is a current supply disruption across all Champix® products, which will last for at least several weeks. Until the shortage is resolved, prescribers will need to review patients to choose an alternative treatment option.
    For further advice please refer to NSCTC - National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training
  2. Dalacin® (clindamycin) 2% vaginal cream – this medicine is out of stock until week commencing 6th September 2021. Alternative topical preparations are available.
    For further information please refer to NHS GGC Central Prescribing Memo on Current Medicine Supply Problems and Shortages page on Staffnet. Please note some information contained in the Medicine Supply Notification may relate to NHS England and may not be applicable. There has been no Scottish Government advice published to date.


Why do medicine shortages occur?
Medicine shortages occur for a variety of reasons, including difficulties sourcing raw materials, product recalls for safety reasons, changes to licence holder, and changes to pack sizes.
It is vitally important that medicine shortages are monitored and appropriate actions taken, to minimise impact on patient care.

Where can I find further advice and information on medicine supply problems and shortages?
For the most up-to-date advice and information please refer to Current Medicine Supply Problems and Shortages page on StaffNet.

Published 09/07/2021. Medicines Update blogs are correct at the time of publication.