DHSC update on ranitidine supply disruption 6 May 2020

12th May 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued a Medicine Supply Notification MSN/2020/025 last week updating healthcare professionals on all formulations of ranitidine following the ongoing regulatory investigations on the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) contaminant:

  • All pharmacies should have received this in the NHSmail inbox
  • Ranitidine injection 50mg/2ml is anticipated to be out of stock from the end of May 2020 until further notice
  • All strengths of ranitidine film-coated tablets, effervescent tablets and oral solution are out of stock with no availability date
  • Clinical advice on alternatives for adults and children was shared in the Supply Disruption Alert SDA/2019/005 (U2) issued in December 2019; see summary table below


This information has also been issued separately in:


Advice for pharmacists and their teams


For further information on this or any other query, please contact the NPA Pharmacy Services team on 01727 891 800 or email pharmacyservices@npa.co.uk.


Produced by the NPA Pharmacy Services team May 2020