National HRT shortage leaves 200,000 menopausal women suffering as experts warn alternatives could also run out


Dr Haitham Hamoda, chairman of the British Menopause Society, told the newspaper: “There are 3.4million women in the UK between 50 and 64. The majority of these will have symptoms of the menopause, and the latest figures show around 200,000 are on HRT.

“There are a number of factors behind the shortage. Some products have been discontinued entirely and others have had manufacturing issues, creating a temporary shortage.”

Pharmacist Scott McDougall, director of the Independent Pharmacy, added: “The most commonly prescribed drugs are the worst affected. This has caused a domino effect that means other drugs have run out of stock because they did not foresee the increased demand. Almost all women on HRT will be affected in some way.”

The Department of Health and Social Care said it first became aware of a supply problem in December 2018 and is working with suppliers.

A spokesperson said: “We are aware of ongoing supply issues with some HRT preparations due to manufacturing delays.


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