Sanofi, the makers of Apidra (insulin glulisine) have had a production problem at their factory. This has not affected the quality of any of their insulins but caused a temporary interruption of production.
Apidra Optiset and SoloStar Prefilled Pens
- Limited supplies are available but stocks likely to run out by mid-to-late September 2011. A variable amount will remain available within pharmacies for a longer period.
- Anticipated date of re-supply of Apidra SoloStar December 2011.
- Optiset is unlikely to be re-supplied before the device’s planned withdrawal at the end of 2011.
Apidra ClikStar Cartridges
- Limited supplies are available but stocks likely to run out by late September/early October 2011. A variable amount will remain available within pharmacies for a longer period.
- Anticipated date of re-supply for Apidra ClikStar be December 2011.
The following preparations are not affected by the issue:
Apidra OptiClik Cartridges
- Stock in the UK for existing patients until the device’s planned withdrawal at the end of 2011.
- Apidra solution for injection vials have not been affected by the issue.
Patients in clinical trials using Apidra will not be affected by the current shortages
What should you do?
To help make sure that as many patients as possible can obtain the medicines they need, please don’t ask your doctor or nurse for a new prescription of Apidra until you are reaching the end of your supply.
When you have a prescription, take this to the pharmacy as you usually do. For small number of patients (including children) apidra may be the only insulin that is suitable. A supply of apidra has been reserved on a case-by-case basis which your pharmacist will do everything they can to fulfill the prescription.
In some cases this may not be possible. If this happens, your pharmacist will speak to your doctor to let them know that your usual insulin is not available. Your doctor or nurse will then look at what other insulin may be suitable for you as a temporary measure until Apidra is available again. Your pharmacist might be able to supply this after speaking with the doctor, or they might ask you to go back to see your doctor before a choice is made.
Where can I get more information?
Sanofi has a 24 hour-a-day Patient Support Line. The Support Line will be able to help with your questions, and will have up-to-date information as to when Apidra will be available again.
The phone number for the Patient Support Line is: 0845 606 6887. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will be able to help you if you still have questions about your care or your medicines.