Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Availability of Plaquenil

We understand that many patients who take hydroxychloroquine under the trade name of Plaquenil have been told by their pharmacist that it has been 'discontinued'. 

The charity, Lupus UK, have carried out some research and issued the following statement: 

After speaking with Sanofi-Aventis Medicine's Information Department (the manufacturers of Plaquenil) we have learned that Plaquenil has now been 'de-branded' to generic but that the same formulation of the drug will be available through pharmacies if they order Hydroxychloroquine through Zentiva (the sister company to Sanofi). 

If your pharmacist has any difficulty obtaining the Hydroxycloroquine with the same formula from Zentiva the product descriptions is: "HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULPHATE (ZENTIVA) 200MG FILM COATED" and the 'PIP number' (Product Code) is 1201730. 

If for any reason they cannot find the product on their system they can ring the customer service line on 01483 505515.