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Medical Supply Notification - Glucagen®

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Glucagon 1mg powder for injection kit (GlucaGen®).

Information is available on website: Medical Supply Notification

GlucaGen® 1mg powder for injection kit will be unavailable from mid-June 2023 until to mid-July (a period of 4 weeks).

There are two glucagon preparations available – GlucaGen® (1mg powder for injection kit) and Ogluo® (0.5mg and 1mg pre-filled auto-injector pens).

Ogluo® 0.5mg and 1mg pre-filled auto-injector pens can be used for the treatment of severe hypoglycaemic episodes; however, is not suitable for treatment of beta blocker or other drug overdoses.

Ogluo® is available to order from the wholesaler, Alliance.

Actions Required

In Primary Care, where patients have insufficient supplies of GlucaGen® to last until the re-supply date, healthcare professionals should:

  • Prescribe or administer Ogluo® (glucagon) pre-filled auto-injector pen for the treatment of severe hypoglycaemic episodes;
  • Counsel patients how to administer the pre-filled auto-injector pen and
  • Limit prescriptions to two devices per patient until normal supply resumes.

Unlicensed imports

The following specialist importers have confirmed they can source some supplies of GlucaGen®

  • Mawdsleys
  • Target Healthcare

Other importers may also be able to source stock within Europe

If there is currently no listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems an EPS prescription for unlicensed GlucaGen® cannot be issued. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe a specially manufactured or imported product, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as ‘ GlucaGen® (Special Order)‘ and endorsed by the pharmacy as a non-Part VIIIB special with the following information:

  • Amount dispensed over pack size used;
  • Invoice price per pack size from which the order was supplied less any discount or rebate;
  • Manufacturers’/importers’ MHRA licence number;
  • Batch number of the product supplied;
  • SP
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