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Changes to Epanutin (phenytoin) capsules

Changes to Epanutin (phenytoin) capsules

Added: 25 September 2012, 09:54

From 24th September phenytoin (current brand name Epanutin) is being transferred from one pharmaceutical company (Pfizer) to another (Flynn Pharma ltd).

The changes relate to Epanutin capsules only. They do not apply to Epanutin infatabs or oral suspension – these will not change.

In the past Epanutin (phenytoin/phenytoin sodium) capsules were distributed by Pfizer. Flynn Pharma Ltd now holds the license for phenytoin capsules and has taken over its sale and distribution.

The main change is the name.  ‘Epanutin’ will now be called ‘Phenytoin Sodium Flynn Hard Capsules’.  If your prescription says ‘Epanutin’ your doctor should change this to say ‘Phenytoin Sodium Flynn Hard Capsules’.  Your doctor will have been told about this change.

The phenytoin capsules themselves will be exactly the same. The manufacturing process will remain unchanged. The capsules will contain the same ingredients and be made in the same way. They will also be made in the same manufacturing warehouse as before. To reassure you that the capsules are the same as Epanutin, they will look identical.  They will be the same size and colour, and will even have the word ‘Epanutin’ on the capsule itself. 

The packaging will be almost identical.  The name on the bottle will change from ‘Epanutin’ to ‘Phenytoin Sodium Flynn Hard Capsules’ and the name of the drug company will change from ‘Pfizer’ to ‘Flynn Pharma Ltd’.  The capsules will be available in all the same sizes as Epanutin: 25mg, 50mg, 100mg and 300mg and the colour coding for the different strengths will be exactly the same.  The 300mg capsules will continue to be available in blister packs within a cardboard box. In the near future plastic bottle will come inside a cardboard box to allow space for the name in braille.

Epanutin infatabs and oral suspension will continue to be made by Pfizer.

If you currently take Epanutin and you have any questions, you can contact Flynn Pharma’s freephone helpline on 0800 077 8566 (open during office hours, with an answerphone outside of these hours).