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Diamorphine Supply Issues

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Department of Health and Social Care have provided notification of a manufacturing problem with Diamorphine 5mg and 10mg injection. There are currently two suppliers of Diamorphine injection in the UK; Accord and Wockhardt. Recently Accord’s plant in Germany has experienced quality issues that has temporarily impacted on supply. The Department of Health is working closely with Accord, regulators, and others in the resolution of these issues.

Based on current usage, there is the potential for supplies of Diamorphine 5mg and 10mg injection to be depleted around the week commencing 4th June 2018 and for there to be a gap in supply until the 28th June 2018. Further patient information is available.

NHS Advice:

  • Please order responsibly during this time, in line with historical demand, and do not stockpile to avoid lengthening the stock out period.
  • The recommended alternative is morphine injection.  Morphine 10mg injection will be available to cover the Diamorphine supply issue in June. Please only order extra stock of Morphine as Diamorphine injection becomes unavailable locally and do not stock pile.