This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'PETHIDINE TABLETS, when are they back in stock'.


 
Freedom of Information Team 
Department of Health and Social Care 
39 Victoria Street 
London SW1H 0EU 
 
www.gov.uk/dhsc 
 
 
Mrs J Moran 
By email to: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx
17 April 2024 
 
Dear Mrs Moran, 
 
Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1503435 
 
Thank you for your request dated 1 April to the Department of Health and Social Care 
(DHSC), a copy of which can be found in the accompanying annex. 
 
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Annex 
 
From: UK CITIZEN <xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx> 
Sent: Monday, April 1, 2024 1:22 PM 
To: FreedomofInformation <xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxx.xx> 
Subject: Freedom of Information request - PETHIDINE TABLETS, when are they back in 
stock 
 
Dear Department of Health and Social Care, 
 
Since 2022 Pethidine tablets 50mg have been out of stock since January 2022. The M.P s 
and manufactureres, Teva and Martindale are advising there is no resupply date, however, 
there are websites stating the date is April 2024. The companies keep giving resupply 
dates that keep being changed to a different date. This is not good enough. I have been 
prescribed this medication for ongoing kidney stones and the alternative medication is not 
beneficial to me. 
 
Yours faithfully, 
 
mrs j moran 
 
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