National furosemide shortage

There is a national supply issue for furosemide 20 mg and 50 mg injection and this is likely to persist until 25 June 2018.

This also affects the supply of 250 mg furosemide due to compensatory over-ordering by Trusts.

Local action should now have been communicated by DOH to all lead pharmacists to:

  • Review their stock position - Regional leads will contact Trust if further stock available from another trust or request your stock is redistributed if stock holding is high. 
  • Consider removing stock from non-critical/low use areas and centralising this stock in pharmacy.
  • Trusts should place orders now for imported furosemide 20 mg and 50 mg injection via the specialist importer companies, who have confirmed that unlicensed supplies are available from abroad. We have been informed that lead times may vary from 7-10 days.