Table 1.

Commonly-prescribed unlicensed medicines13

MedicineType of unlicensed medicineNumber of items Quarter 1 2015/2016
Colecalciferol 20 000 unit capsulesaFood supplement17 213
Melatonin 1 mg/1 mL oral solution‘Special order’ product10 142
Melatonin 3 mg capsulesNon-UK Food supplement8002
Diltiazem 2% cream‘Special order’ product4967
Omeprazole 10 mg/5 mL oral suspension‘Special order’ product4751
Midazolam oromucosal solution 10 mg/1 ml‘Special order’ product4993
Magnesium glycerophosphate 97.2 mg tabletsFood supplement4303
Midodrine 5 mg tabletsNon-UK import3243
Metolazone 2.5 mg tabletsDiscontinued product2653
Acetylcysteine 600 mg capsulesFood supplement1812
  • a Licensed product now available