Update from the BMS on availability of HRT – shortages are “temporary”.

The British Menopause Society has produced a further update on the current availability of HRT products in response to the ongoing HRT shortages, to provide guidance to BMS members and clinical practitioners who may be experiencing difficulties with HRT supplies.

There continues to be availability issues with many HRT products, either related to manufacturing shortages or supply issues. The BMS has been informed that these are temporary shortages which pharmaceutical companies and their suppliers are addressing. The BMS has been in discussion with the manufacturers as well as the RCOG, FSRH and the Medicine Supply Team at the Department of Health and Social Care to explore this ongoing issue and to provide up to date information on HRT product availability.

In the meantime, prescribers can continue to consider equivalent preparations that provide a similar dose to that which their patient is using. If an exact match is not possible, prescribers can seek guidance available on the practical prescribing chart on the BMS website and Menopause Matters website, to clarify equivalent doses.

See the full statement from the BMS.