Additional provides of hormone alternative remedy merchandise could possibly be shipped to the UK from France and Poland as quickly as subsequent week, a serious producer has stated after disaster conferences have been held to deal with the nationwide scarcity.
Tina Backhouse, the final UK supervisor at Theramex, which makes a few dozen HRT medicine, together with Bijuva capsules and Femseven patches, stated the corporate wanted particular permission to usher in merchandise from France that weren’t licensed within the UK. Theramex’s merchandise are primarily made in Germany, and a few are solely licensed in different European international locations.
Backhouse met the UK’s newly appointed HRT tsar, Madelaine McTernan, and the Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company this week and expects to acquire consent after an extra assembly with the company on Monday.
“We’re working with MHRA to get particular permission. It’s not an uncommon factor, different firms do it,” she stated. “I don’t assume it will likely be lengthy, we’ve received it [the stock] prepared.”
Theramex, a non-public equity-owned pharmaceutical agency based mostly in London, can be making ready to usher in HRT patches from Poland, that are licensed within the UK however want English labels.
“We’re searching for short-term options in addition to longer-term options by way of bringing different merchandise from different international locations in,” Backhouse stated.
The UK seems to be the one nation with a scarcity of HRT merchandise. It was triggered by a surge in demand after the TV presenters Davina McCall and Mariella Frostrup spoke about their menopause experiences.
Besins Healthcare, a privately owned agency based mostly in Brussels which makes the preferred oestrogen gel product, stated on Thursday that it was “taking a look at all choices for growing short-term provides of Oestrogel into the UK”.
The British Menopause Society and HRT producers are calling for different measures, together with a nationwide listing or “formulary” of permitted HRT medicines that may enable all medical doctors and pharmacists to prescribe whichever merchandise can be found.
When native scientific commissioning teams have been created in England in 2013, many beforehand national-level choice making and budgetary powers handed to them. This implies there may be delays in sure areas of the nation when new medicine are licensed.
Backhouse stated: “Now we have model new merchandise on this nation which can be licensed however aren’t getting used due to formulary restrictions. At this stage certainly we must always have a nationwide formulary of HRTs which can be accessible and in inventory, moderately than ready for each particular person locality to try this. It could be really easy to do.”
She stated Theramex had a brand new MHRA-approved product that was solely being prescribed in three areas, or used privately by ladies paying for it themselves.
The Nationwide Pharmacy Affiliation has additionally lobbied for pharmacists’ to have the ability to alter prescriptions made by GPs when sure merchandise aren’t accessible.