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Hormone Replacement Therapy: Shortages

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 800, tabled on 11 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 5 April 2022 to Question 148311 regarding shortages of HRT, what recent assessment he has made of the availability of all HRT medication; and what discussions his Department has had with suppliers that are experiencing shortages.

Answered on

23 May 2022

There are currently more than 70 hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products available in the United Kingdom. While most remain in good supply, a limited number of products have been affected by a range of factors, including an increase in demand. Alternatives to those products experiencing supply issues remain available.

On 5 May 2022, the Department met with suppliers, wholesalers and representatives from community pharmacy to discuss HRT availability and how supply could be improved. We are regularly engaging with HRT suppliers to expedite resupply dates of the disrupted products and with other suppliers to fill gaps in supply and prevent future shortages. The HRT Supply Taskforce is engaging with the sector on measures to ensure the efficient use of current stock and increase supply.