Unavailable Treatments

Unfortunately, treatments and over-the-counter products occasionally become unavailable for a variety of reasons.

See below for updates on the unavailable treatments that we are aware of, but please do get in touch with us if you become aware of an issue that is not listed below. We are not always contacted by treatment manufacturers when there is an availability concern, and so we do rely on the information of our supporters.

Zorac Gel

We were contacted in August 2017 by a Psoriasis Association supporter who was having difficulty obtaining Zorac Gel (tazarotene) from their pharmacy.

We contacted the manufacturer - Allergan Ltd - who have confirmed that Zorac Gel is out of stock at present. It is hoped that stock availability will resume by the end of next week (11th August 2017) and will be delivered to wholesalers UK-wide from then on.

If you have any further questions about the availability of Zorac Gel, please get in touch with Allergan Ltd on their Medical Information line: 01628 494026.

Clarelux Foam

In July 2017, we contacted Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique, the manufacturer of topical corticosteroid treatment, Clarelux foam, regarding the availability of the product. They confirmed that there is currently a worldwide production issue.

They stated that they hope stock with be available again from the end of August 2017, but would advise patients to return to their healthcare professional to discuss alternative treatment options in the meantime.

There are no safety issues with the product so available stock can still be used.

If you have any questions or would like further information, the manufacturer can be contacted directly either by phone on 0208 731 3322, or by email at medicalinformation@pierre-fabre.co.uk.

Update


As of October 2017, the supply of Clarelux foam has now recommenced. Find out more here.

Enstilar

In June 2017, the manufacturers of Enstilar, LEO Pharma, issued the Psoriasis Association with the following statement:

Enstilar® cutaneous foam will be temporarily unavailable in the UK from the beginning of June 2017 due to an unforeseen technical issue in the manufacturing process. At time of writing we anticipate supply to resume in July with the potential for intermittent supply over the summer months. LEO Pharma is currently working to restore full supply as soon as possible. We will keep all parties updated with developments on our web site: www.leo-pharma.co.uk

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause you and your members. Our aim is to ensure treatment continuity and availability of LEO products for patients.

There are no safety or quality issues with current stock; available stock can be used.

Update


As of the start of July 2017, Enstilar foam supply has now resumed. However, fluctuations in supply are expected to continue whilst stock flow normalises.

Polytar

After many people expressed concern over the disappearance of the Polytar® range for a number of months, the manufacturers confirmed its discontinuation in 2014.

A statement received by the Psoriasis Association from the manufacturer of Polytar (GSK) reads:-

"We understand how important Polytar® is for our consumers and have been working diligently to identify how we could bring the brand back to market since 2012. Providing our consumers with the highest quality products is our main priority. We have had to take the difficult decision to discontinue the current range as we have been unable to source a supply of the active ingredient which would meet even basic Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. We appreciate this is upsetting for those consumers who have relied on these products for a number of years. However, we are urgently exploring alternative product options and hope to launch an alternative product in the future.”

The discontinuation applies to Polytar® Liquid, Polytar® Plus and Polytar® Emollient.

If you still have supplies of Polytar®, they can still be used (providing they are still in date).  Should you wish to discuss any further with the manufacturer please contact GSK Customer Relations on 0800 783 8881 or customer.relations@gsk.com

Update


Polytar shampoo was re-launched in July 2016. Unfortunately, the rest of the Polytar range remains discontinued.

Haelan Tape

We have recently (October 2016) received information that the branded Haelan Tape has been discontinued by the manufacturer, Typharm. A generic version - Fludroxycortide Tape - is available, however is in limited supply due to an ongoing manufacturing issue. Typharm hope to resolve this issue in early 2017.

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