Madopar availability update
Late last year we told you about Madopar supply issues. This meant that some people were having difficulties getting hold of Madopar (branded co-beneldopa and manufactured by Roche).
We've been in touch with Roche to get an update on the situation and they have provided us with this statement:
"We're aware of continuing stock pressures around Madopar, which has led to shortages in some presentations of the medicine. Reduced supply of other manufacturers' Parkinson's medicines has led to a significant increase in the demand for Madopar.
"We're doing all we can to ensure the continuity of stock and supply of all Madopar presentations as carefully as possible to minimise disruption to patients.
"We've been working closely with both the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority to manage this situation.
"Currently pharmacies should be able to secure supply of Madopar for normal patient demand. Any patients with concerns should contact their pharmacist or health care provider.
"If pharmacies are not able to obtain supply of the affected presentation from their wholesaler, they should contact Roche Customer Care on 0800 731 5711 to check on stock availability for urgent supply or refer the patient to the prescriber."
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your medication, or if you're unable to obtain Madopar, you can discuss this with your GP, consultant, pharmacist or Parkinson's nurse.
You can also contact our helpline on 0808 800 0303.