9N Nitrile and Chemotherapy Specialist Examination Gloves Supply (ICN 1141)

Important Customer Notice Update

Ref: 2020/1141 ICN Number: 1141

The global pressures on the manufacture of 9N Nitrile and Chemotherapy Specialist Examination Gloves is still ongoing.

Change:

  • Indirect alternative products are now available and can be ordered through our online catalogue.
  • We have added a column to the product listing which states the current status of the gloves supply. Please use this information to select possible alternatives.
  • Due to the clinical nature of these alternative products we advise you to consult your own clinical experts to ensure suitability for your organisation’s use of these products
  • This situation will be regularly reviewed and the ICN will be updated as soon as additional alternative products become available.

Next Steps:

  • Please see our Downloads ▼ section to refer to the updated product listing for further information on the affected product codes.
  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the potential indirect alternative products.

If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Services Advisor.

  • As of 7 December, customers will be able to place orders for 25 9N Nitrile and Chemotherapy Specialist Examination Gloves as per their normal ordering method.
  • The following four NPCs will be available to order from 8 December 2020:
    FTG698 – Examination Gloves Nitrile Purple Small
    FTG700 – Examination Gloves Nitrile Purple Large.
    FTG701 – Examination Gloves Nitrile Purple Extra Large
    FTE1844 – Examination Gloves Nitrile Non Sterile Powder Free Accelerator and Sulphur Free PPE Complex Design size M.
  • We will be managing the demand of these products, to maintain continuity of supply to the NHS.
  • Customers should order the 29 glove codes referenced above as per their usual process. If your preferred glove isn’t available, please contact your Customer Service Advisor who can give advice on the availability of listed alternatives.
  • Customers will only be allocated these products if they have previously purchased them prior to February 2020 and require them for mixing chemotherapy chemicals.
  • Orders placed for excessive order quantities may be subject to automatic system reduction or cancellation.
  • Customers will receive an email from Customer Services if your order has been amended or cancelled.

Next Steps:

  • The remaining 27 product codes are still temporarily unavailable to order from our online catalogue and customers who require these gloves to mix chemotherapy products will need to complete and submit an order form (see our Useful Links section) which is available on our website.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section to view the product listing and for further information on the affected product codes.
  • A further product code (FTE3144) is now unavailable to order through our online catalogue.
  • 56 product codes are affected in total.
  • To protect the supply of these specialist gloves and ensure they are allocated to trusts appropriately, the 56 product codes will be temporarily unavailable to order from our online catalogue.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section for further information on the affected product codes.
  • Customers who require these gloves to mix chemotherapy products will need to complete and submit an online order request form which is available on our website (see our Useful Links section).
  • Customers will only be allocated these products if they have previously purchased them prior to February 2020 and require them for mixing chemotherapy chemicals.

Update:

  • A further five product codes are now unavailable to order through our online catalogue.
  • 55 product codes are affected in total.
  • To protect the supply of these specialist gloves and ensure they are allocated to trusts appropriately, the 55 product codes will be temporarily unavailable to order from our online catalogue.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section for further information on the affected product codes.
  • Customers who require these gloves to mix chemotherapy products will need to complete a form (see our Downloads ▼ section) which is available on our website and send to ICUrequirement@supplychain.nhs.uk.
  • Customers will only be allocated these products if they have previously purchased them prior to February 2020 and require them for mixing chemotherapy chemicals.

Change:

  • There are global pressures on the manufacture of 9n Nitrile Specialist Examination Gloves used for mixing chemotherapy products.
  • This is due to manufacturers focusing their production output on supplying standard 6n Nitrile Examination Gloves and consequently they are unable to provide significant stocks of these more specialist gloves.
  • The 9n Nitrile Gloves are often used across a range of activities which require a glove that is thicker and has additional features such as a higher level of chemical protection and cytotoxic testing data. These thicker gloves are often used in chemotherapy preparation and administration dependent on local policy and procedures.
  • There are 50 product codes affected.
  • There is also a range of 6n Accelerator Free Gloves which is marketed specifically for use in chemotherapy administration. These offer a dual purpose of accelerator free and enhanced testing for chemical and cytotoxic use. There is stock available of these products for use in administration of chemotherapy products.

Impact:

  • To protect the supply of these specialist gloves and ensure they are allocated to trusts appropriately, the 50 product codes will be temporarily unavailable to order from our online catalogue.
  • Customers who require these gloves to mix chemotherapy products will need to complete a form (see our Downloads ▼ section) which is available on our website and send to ICUrequirement@supplychain.nhs.uk.
  • Customers will only be allocated these products if they have previously purchased them prior to February 2020 and require them for mixing chemotherapy chemicals.
  • Please See our Downloads ▼ section to refer to the product listing for further information on the affected product codes.
  • We are working closely with suppliers and the PPE cell to globally source additional products.
  • Unfortunately, we anticipate disruption to supply until January 2021.
  • We will update this ICN when we have further information.

Next Steps:

  • Customers are asked to only request these products for the mixing of chemotherapy products rather than for the distribution. Please note that the quantity allocation will be managed by NHSE/I and you may not receive the quantity you requested.
  • Customers are advised to order 6n Nitrile Examination Glove of the required standard for the administration of chemotherapy products.
  • Customers are advised to consult your own clinical experts to ensure these products are suitable for your organisation.
  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the affected product to view the product listing for further information on the affected product codes.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Services Advisor.

Please note that due to the clinical nature of these alternative products we advise you to consult your own clinical experts to ensure suitability for your organisation’s use of these products.

Downloads ▼

  • 1141 9N Nitrile and Chemotherapy Specialist Examination Gloves Product Listing

    An Excel file detailing the affected product codes for ICN 1141.

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