Shortage of Bile acid sequestrants: colestyramine powder for oral suspension 4g (Questran and Questran Light), colesevelam (Cholestagel) and colestipol (Colestid)

Bristol-Myers Squibb divested the Questran range to Cheplapharm at the end of July 2019. Current supply situation is as follows:

  • Questran Light (Cheplapharm) – available in very limited quantities until at least March 2020.
  • Questran (Cheplapharm) – out of stock; not expected back before 2021.
  • Colestyramine light 4g sachets – Mylan – (recently launched) available in wholesalers from week commencing 10 February 2020
  • Cholestagel (colesevelam) 625mg tablets (Sanofi) – Currently in stock.
  • Colestid (colestipol) plain (Pfizer) – UK licensed stock. Intermittent limited supplies of Colestid plain granules are available until June 2020
  • Colestid (colestipol) Orange (Pfizer) – Intermittent limited supplies of Colestid orange granules are available until August 2020

This memo advises on management options until the shortage resolves.

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