Women are continuing to suffer because of severe shortages of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – despite signs that stocks of some types are starting to improve.
Pharmacists say levels of brands such as Sandrena HRT gel and Lenzetto spray do seem to be slowly improving, but they are quickly being snapped up as alternatives to Oestrogel, the brand of HRT which has seen the most acute supply shortfalls.
Dr Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said: ‘We have had a lot of reports from pharmacists saying they cannot get hold of HRT from the wholesalers, even though some manufacturers are saying, ‘There’s stock available.’
Women are continuing to suffer because of severe shortages of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – despite signs that stocks of some types are starting to improve (File image)
The ‘HRT tsar’ Madelaine McTernan wants to source HRT from abroad to cope with Britain’s shortages (pictured) Director General of the UK Vaccine Taskforce, Madelaine McTernan, giving evidence to the Science and Technology Committee on UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks
‘This suggests that something is happening in the supply line, preventing products getting through.
‘We are still seeing people having to phone around from pharmacy to pharmacy, with patients desperate and some travelling 30 to 40 miles to get hold of the product.’
Campaigners are beginning to lose patience with the Government.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid held a meeting with Ms Mcternan to discuss solutions to HRT shortages
Ten days ago, its HRT tsar Madelaine McTernan and Health Secretary Sajid Javid pledged to ‘leave no stone unturned’ to address the shortages.
Yesterday, French firm Besins Healthcare, which makes Oestrogel, said it had ‘increased supplies into the UK’, but its manufacture is ‘a complex, multi-step process’.
It warned: ‘It will take time to increase capacity to meet the current extra-ordinary demand.’