Quinoderm Cream - Supply Shortage

What is Quinoderm Cream and what is it used for?

Quinoderm Cream is a dual action cream for the treatment of acne.


Its dual action formula contains the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide and potassium hydroxyquinoline sulphate.

Which products are affected by the stock shortage?

All UK packs of Quinoderm Cream are affected - Quinoderm Cream 5% 50g, Quinoderm Cream 10% 25g and Quinoderm Cream 10% 50g.

Quinoderm Facewash has not been affected and is still available from independent pharmacies.


More information on the Facewash and how it works can be found here. You can also find news, comments and competitions on our social media sites here Quinoderm Facebook Page Follow us on Twitter

Why is there a stock shortage of the cream?

Changes put in place by European Authorities last year mean that one of the main active ingredients of Quinoderm Creams has become difficult to import into the EU. Although these European changes were designed to prevent counterfeit medicines being bought into the EU, they have unfortunately also affected the supply of some more specialised ingredients that have legally been on the market for many years.

This has regrettably affected the supply of Quinoderm Creams. Work has been underway for some time to develop new supply of this ingredient, however, it is currently unknown when this will be complete.

We understand how important the Quinoderm Creams are to our customers and we are working very hard to bring the creams back to customers as soon as possible.

When are the creams back in stock?

We understand how important the Quinoderm Creams are to our customers and we are working very hard to bring the creams back to customers as soon as possible.

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Due to the complexity of the work required, we are unable to provide an ‘in-stock’ date for the creams. We are aware it has been out of stock for a long time – however, Alliance Pharmaceuticals is committed to making sure the quality, safety and continued supply of our products are at all times in line with the strict rules for manufacture of medicines.

Are there any safety issues?

There are no safety concerns with any Quinoderm product. The disruption to supply is only due to the sourcing of an active ingredient for Quinoderm Cream.

What alternatives are there? What are you recommending to healthcare professionals and patients?

Our advice it to discuss the best alternatives with your pharmacist or GP who will be happy to help and advise.


Healthcare professionals know that although there is no direct alternative to the dual action Quinoderm Cream. There are however other benzoyl peroxide products available in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Quinoderm Facewash is also available from all independent pharmacies and there is no production issue with this increasingly popular product.

Why are packs of Quinoderm Cream being sold at inflated prices online?

Some unapproved companies are selling Quinoderm Cream online way above the normal suggested price to take advantage of this situation for their own benefit. Alliance has no control over these companies or the price they set and actively discourages any such actions.


Unfortunately, some third parties have been seen to be taking advantage of the current situation by selling Quinoderm at prices that do not reflect Alliance’s Recommended Retail Price (RRP). These third parties are not approved suppliers of Quinoderm creams and we have no control over the price points they set to our products for re-sale. Any non-pharmacy third parties that are selling the Quinoderm Creams have been reported to the relevant regulatory bodies as it is illegal for the creams to be sold without the oversight of a registered pharmacist.

Where to buy

Quinoderm products are available without prescription at all good independent pharmacies and national pharmacy chains such as Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy throughout the UK. You can also purchase online; below are a small selection of outlets:

chemist 4u

pharmacy 2u

lloyds pharmacy

Chemist Direct


If you are an online pharmacy, please get in touch and we will aim to include a link to your online store.

If you are a traditional bricks and mortar pharmacy we can also highlight your store on our facebook find a stockist tab


1. Clinical Knowledge Summaries - http://www.cks.nhs.uk/acne_vulgaris/background_information/prevalence


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