News about medicines


Supplies of Hormone Replacement Therapy have been erratic for over a year and remain a problem. The British Menopause Society have a useful update on their website summarising the position in May including the current promises being made by makers.



The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Ranitidine (all formulations) . 

  • Ranitidine film-coated tablets, effervescent tablets and oral solution continue to remain unavailable with no date for resupply.
  • All formulations of Ranitidine are affected due to on-going regulatory investigations into the presence of the carcinogenic contaminant, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), in samples of Ranitidine active substance
  • Clinical advice on alternatives of Ranitidine preparations for adults and children has been sent to your GP.

An alternative within this class of medicine Famotidine is now available. Speak to your GP if you feel you require this medicine.

This is a national and global problem with no end in sight.


Vitamin D3 400 i.u. - now in stock £2-25 for 30

The NHS recommends that people consider taking 400 i.u.of Vitamin D a day to keep bones and muscles healthy. This is because you may not be getting enough vitamin D from sunlight if you are indoors for most of the day.

Although there have been some news reports about vitamin D reducing the risk of coronavirus, there is no evidence that this is the case.