Phenytoin sodium NRIM 100mg capsules made by Accord are out of stock in the UK.
Accord expects them to be back in stock in early May 2020. This supply issue is due to a regulatory change at Accord’s manufacturing site.
The Department of Health and Social Care have written to healthcare professionals with advice about this shortage. They have advised doctors to switch patients to another version of phenytoin sodium 100mg capsules made by Flynn Pharma. Flynn Pharma have confirmed they have enough supplies to cover this shortage.
If phenytoin sodium capsules from Flynn Pharma are not suitable for you, other versions of phenytoin are available.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) classifies phenytoin as a Category 1 epilepsy medicine. This means there can be differences between versions, which for some people could cause different side-effects or changes in their seizure control. When switching you from your usual version of phenytoin your doctor should carefully monitor you during and after the change. This monitoring should include doing blood tests to check your phenytoin levels.
If you usually take phenytoin sodium NRIM 100mg capsules, please contact your GP or epilepsy specialist to discuss your treatment options.