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Current list of products under export ban due to national shortages

DH: Export ban aims to tackle ongoing shortages and minimise the impact on patients

Lithium carbonate tablets in all strengths have been added to the list of products that must not be parallel exported from the UK, with the ban effective from September 8.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have announced that all strengths of Lithium carbonate tablets have been added to the list of medicines which must not be parallel exported from the UK.

An initial 23 products were listed on October 4 last year, with more added and removed since.

All the products are at “high risk of parallel export”, due to their prices increasing in EU countries, the DH told C+D in October.

By restricting wholesalers from exporting these products, the DH hopes “to tackle ongoing shortages and minimise the impact on patients”, it also said.

The list (below) will be updated with each product that the DH subjects to export restrictions, and applies to all medicines containing the active ingredients, whether generic or branded.

Date of export ban
Drug
Form
08/09/2020
Lithium carbonate
tablets
16/06/2020
Dexamethasone
Oral solution, solution for injection
24/04/2020
Aclidinium bromide
all
24/04/2020
Aclidinium bromide + Formoterol
all
24/04/2020
Amiodarone
Oral solution, oral suspension
24/04/2020
Atenolol
all
24/04/2020
Azithromycin
Tablets, capsules
24/04/2020
Bambuterol
all
04/04/2020
Beclometasone
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Beclometasone + Formoterol
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Beclometasone + Formoterol + Glycopyrronium bromide
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
24/04/2020
Bisoprolol
Oral solution, oral suspension
04/04/2020
Budesonide
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Budesonide + Formoterol
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
24/04/2020
Buprenorphine
All
04/04/2020
Buprenorphine
Patches
04/04/2020
Cefalexin
All
24/04/2020
Ceftazidime + Avibactam
All
04/04/2020
Ciclesonide
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Codeine
All
04/04/2020
Colecalciferol + Calcium carbonate
All
04/04/2020
Co-trimoxazole
All
24/04/2020
Dabigatran etexilate
All
24/04/2020
Dapagliflozin
All
24/04/2020
Dexamethasone
Tablets, capsules
04/04/2020
Diamorphine
All
24/04/2020
Digoxin
Oral solution, oral suspension, solution for injection
04/04/2020
Doxycycline
All
04/04/2020
Edoxaban
All
24/04/2020
Exenatide
All
04/04/2020
Fluticasone + Formoterol
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Fluticasone + Salmeterol
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Fluticasone + Umeclidinium bromide + Vilanterol
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Fluticasone + Vilanterol
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Formoterol
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
24/04/2020
Glycopyrronium bromide
Solution for injection
24/04/2020
Granisetron
oral solution
24/04/2020
Haloperidol
Oral solution, oral suspension, solution for injection
24/04/2020
Hyoscine butylbromide
solution for injection
24/04/2020
Ibuprofen
all
04/04/2020
Insulin aspart
all
04/04/2020
Insulin aspart biphasic
all
04/04/2020
Insulin degludec
all
04/04/2020
Insulin degludec + Liraglutide
all
04/04/2020
Insulin detemir
all
04/04/2020
Insulin glargine
all
04/04/2020
Insulin glargine + Lixisenatide
all
04/04/2020
Insulin glulisine
all
04/04/2020
Insulin human
all
04/04/2020
Insulin isophane biphasic human
all
04/04/2020
Insulin isophane biphasic porcine
all
04/04/2020
Insulin isophane bovine
all
04/04/2020
Insulin isophane human
all
04/04/2020
Insulin isophane porcine
all
04/04/2020
Insulin lispro
all
04/04/2020
Insulin lispro biphasic
all
04/04/2020
Insulin mixed bovine
all
04/04/2020
Insulin protamine zinc bovine
all
04/04/2020
Insulin soluble bovine
all
04/04/2020
Insulin soluble human
all
04/04/2020
Insulin soluble porcine
all
04/04/2020
Insulin zinc crystalline human
all
04/04/2020
Insulin zinc mixed human
all
04/04/2020
Ipratropium
all
24/04/2020
Labetalol
Oral solution, oral suspension, solution for injection
04/04/2020
Levomepromazine
all
24/04/2020
Lisinoprile
all
04/04/2020
Mesalazine
Suppositories
24/04/2020
Metoprolol
Oral solution, oral suspension, solution for injection
04/04/2020
Mometasone
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Nedocromil
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Prochlorperazine
all
24/04/2020
Roflumilast
all
04/04/2020
Salbutamol
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Salbutamol + Beclometasone
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Salbutamol + Ipratropium
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Salmeterol
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
24/04/2020
Sodium chloride
inhalation solution
04/04/2020
Sodium cromoglicate
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
04/04/2020
Sodium cromoglicate + salbutamol
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
24/04/2020
Sodium zirconium cyclosilicate
All
24/04/2020
Terbutaline
All
04/04/2020
Terbutaline
Inhaler, Inhalation powder, nebuliser liquid
24/04/2020
Ticagrelor
All
24/04/2020
Tiotropium
All
24/04/2020
Tiotropium + Olodaterol
All
23/03/2020
Voriconazole
all
23/03/2020
Vancomycin
all
23/03/2020
Tinzaparin
all
23/03/2020
Terlipressin
all
23/03/2020
Teicoplanin
all
23/03/2020
Suxamethonium
all
23/03/2020
Sodium lactate
all
23/03/2020
Sodium dihydrogen phosphate
all
23/03/2020
Sodium chloride
all
23/03/2020
Rocuronium
all
23/03/2020
Rifampicin
all
23/03/2020
Remifentanil
all
23/03/2020
Propofol
all
23/03/2020
Prismocitrate 18/0
all
23/03/2020
PrismOcal B22
all
23/03/2020
Prismasol 4
all
23/03/2020
Prednisolone
all
23/03/2020
Potassium chloride
all
23/03/2020
Potassium chloride
all
23/03/2020
Plasma-Lyte
all
23/03/2020
Piperacillin
all
23/03/2020
Paracetamol
all
23/03/2020
Pantoprazole
all
23/03/2020
Oxycodone
all
23/03/2020
Ondansetron
all
23/03/2020
Ondansetron
all
23/03/2020
Omeprazole
all
23/03/2020
Noradrenaline
all
23/03/2020
Morphine sulfate
all
23/03/2020
Morphine
all
23/03/2020
Monosul
all
23/03/2020
Milrinone
all
23/03/2020
Midazolam
all
23/03/2020
Micafungin
all
23/03/2020
Metoclopramide
all
23/03/2020
Meropenem
all
23/03/2020
Magnesium
all
23/03/2020
Lorazepam
all
23/03/2020
Linezolid
all
23/03/2020
Levofloxacin
all
23/03/2020
Lansoprazole
all
23/03/2020
Lactasol
all
23/03/2020
Ketamine
all
23/03/2020
Insulin
all
23/03/2020
Hydrocortisone
all
23/03/2020
Heparin sodium
all
23/03/2020
Hemosol B0
all
23/03/2020
Hemolactol
all
23/03/2020
Granisetron
all
23/03/2020
Glyceryl trinitrate
all
23/03/2020
Gentamicin
all
23/03/2020
Furosemide
all
23/03/2020
Flucloxacillin
all
23/03/2020
Fentanyl
all
23/03/2020
Esomeprazole
all
23/03/2020
Esmolol
all
23/03/2020
Erythromycin
all
23/03/2020
Epoprostenol
all
23/03/2020
Enoxaparin
all
23/03/2020
Dobutamine
all
23/03/2020
Dexmedetomidine
all
23/03/2020
Dalteparin
all
23/03/2020
Cyclizine
all
23/03/2020
Co-amoxiclav
all
23/03/2020
Clonidine
all
23/03/2020
Clarithromycin
all
23/03/2020
Cisatracurium
all
23/03/2020
Cefuroxime
all
23/03/2020
Ceftriaxone
all
23/03/2020
Ceftazidime
all
23/03/2020
Caspofungin
all
23/03/2020
Calcium
all
23/03/2020
Atracurium
all
23/03/2020
Argipressin
all
23/03/2020
Anidulafungin
all
23/03/2020
Amoxicillin
all
23/03/2020
Amiodarone
all
23/03/2020
Amikacin
all
23/03/2020
Alfentanil
all
23/03/2020
Albumin human
all
23/03/2020
Accusol 35
all
14/03/2020
Hydroxychloroquine
all
26/02/2020
Azathioprine
tablets
26/02/2020
Chloroquine phosphate
any
26/02/2020
Lopinavir with ritonavir
any
05/12/2019
Colestyramine
sachets
05/12/2019
Fluticasone propionate
nasules
14/11/2019
Hepatitis A and B vaccine
any
06/11/2019
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
any
06/11/2019
Misoprostol
tablet
06/11/2019
Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine
any
18/10/2019
Ranitidine
any
18/10/2019
Norethisterone
any
18/10/2019
Beclometasone dipropionate (QVAR)
inhaler
18/10/2019
Alprostadil
any
04/10/2019
Tibolone
any
04/10/2019
Rivaroxaban
tablet
04/10/2019
Progesterone
any
04/10/2019
Prazosin
tablet
04/10/2019
Ospemifene
any
04/10/2019
Oseltamivir
any
04/10/2019
Medroxyprogesterone
any
04/10/2019
Levonorgestrel
any
04/10/2019
Hepatitis B vaccine
any
04/10/2019
Estriol
any
04/10/2019
Estradiol/ norgestrel
any
04/10/2019
Estradiol/ norethisterone acetate
any
04/10/2019
Estradiol valerate/ medroxyprogesterone
any
04/10/2019
Estradiol valerate
any
04/10/2019
Estradiol hemihydrate/ norethisterone acetate
any
04/10/2019
Estradiol hemihydrate/ levonorgestrel
any
04/10/2019
Estradiol hemihydrate/ dydrogesterone
any
04/10/2019
Estradiol hemihydrate
any
04/10/2019
Estradiol
any
04/10/2019
Conjugated oestrogen/ medroxyprogesterone
any
04/10/2019
Conjugated oestrogen/ bazedoxifene
any
04/10/2019
Conjugated oestrogen
any
04/10/2019
Adrenaline
auto-injector
2 Comments
Question: 
Have you experienced shortages of medicines on the list?

Davesh Patel, Locum pharmacist

surely it is better if the list names are in alphabetical order? Saves one from copying and pasting in a spreadsheet...

How High?, Community pharmacist

About 6 months too late. 

Fingers on the pulse as usual but hey "Let's Get Brexit Done" then we can concentrate on the things that really matter........ ;)

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