Supply Issues Smiths Medical International Ltd Epidural Kits Multiple Products (ICN 1637)

Important Customer Notice Update

Ref: 2022/1637 ICN Number: 1637
  • This ICN contains 21 products, 12 of which are suspended as they are subject to Control Demand Management. These are highlighted in amber on the product listing.
  • If you have an urgent clinical need for any of the suspended codes, you need to complete and submit the Control Suspended Consumables Product Submission Webform. See our Useful Links section to access this web form.
  • Please see our Downloads ▼ section to refer to the product listing for further information on the affected product codes.
  • See our Useful Links section for further guidance from the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
  • A further 17 products have been affected by this supply issue.
  • These additional products are from multiple suppliers.
  • Please see our Downloads ▼ section to refer to the product listing for further information on the affected product codes.
  • Product codes FTR2378 and FTR2414 have been added to the product listing and placed on demand management.
  • The product listing has been updated to now only highlight in amber which products are suspended and need to be requested via the webform.
  • Due to the disruption in supply, all products (and alternative products) which are on the stocked route are currently under demand management.
  • Four additional product codes are now affected. An additional epidural kit, FYB091, and three Loss of Resistance Syringes, FWC097, FYB865 and FWC192.
  • There are 19 product codes affected in total.
  • The product listing contains a RAG status that highlights which products are available to order.
    • Products which are available to order via our online catalogue are highlighted in green.
    • Products that are still suspended but can be ordered via the ICU webform are highlighted in yellow.
    • Products that are not currently available through NHS Supply Chain are highlighted in red.
  • Should customers need to order the products that are demand managed, please see our Useful Links section and follow the link to access the ICU suspended products submission webform.
  • Please note if purchasing either FYP017 or FYP004 as an indirect alternative these packs do not include a Loss of Resistance Syringe. If customers want to purchase either of these NPCs they will also need to purchase the Loss of Resistance Syringe separately.
  • This issue has been escalated to be managed nationally by NHS England and Improvement and Department of Health and Social Care. Following further investigation and work with suppliers and clinicians, further information will be issued when available.
  • The supply issue is now anticipated to be resolved by the end of August 2022.
  • Due to the disruption in supply, these products (and alternative products) are currently under demand management.
  • This issue has been escalated to be managed nationally by NHS England and Improvement and Department of Health and Social Care. Following further investigation and work with suppliers and clinicians, further information will be issued when available.

Change:

  • The supplier Smiths Medical International Ltd has informed us of a supply issue with its Epidural Kits.
  • There are 15 product codes affected.
  • This supply issue is due to a supply constraint of the Portex® Loss of Resistance Device to a number of Portex® Epidural and Combined Epidural/Spinal products.
  • For further information on this issue please see our Downloads ▼ section to view the customer letter.

Impact:        

  • The affected product codes are currently intermittent supply only.
  • Potential indirect alternative products are available to order through our online catalogue.
  • Please see our Downloads ▼ section to refer to the product listing for further information on the affected product codes.
  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by the end of July 2022.

Next Steps:      

  • 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.

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 organisations use of these products.

Downloads ▼

  • 1637 Smiths Medical Product Listing with Alternatives 27 July 2022

    An Excel file detailing the affected product codes for ICN 1637.
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  • 1637 Smiths Medical Customer Letter

    A PDF of the Customer Letter for ICN 1637.