The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has issued a medicine supply notification for oral contraceptive tablets of various brands.
The following oral contraceptive preparations are currently out of stock.
|Product affected||Ingredients||Anticipated Resupply Date||Management Advice|
|Dianette||Ethinylestradiol 35microgram/ Cyproterone 2mg tablets||w/c 26 April 2021||Equivalent alternatives remain available from the following manufacturers; Strandhaven Ltd, Stragen UK Ltd and Kent Pharma.|
|Femodette||Ethinylestradiol 20microgram / Gestodene 75microgram tablets||w/c 03 May 2021||Equivalent alternatives remain available from suppliers of the following brands: Akizza, Millinette and Sunya|
|Norgeston||Levonorgestrel 30mg tablets||w/c 19 April 2021 – w/c 31 May 2021||No exact equivalent available in the UK market. Unlicensed imports have been sourced, lead times vary.|
|Norinyl-1||Mestranol 50microgram / Norethisterone 1mg tablets||w/c 22 March 2021||No exact equivalent available in the UK market. Unlicensed imports have been sourced, lead times vary.|
|Qlaira||Estradiol Valerate / Dienogest (various strengths)||w/c 25 October 2021||No exact equivalent available in the UK market.|
|Yiznell||Ethinylestradiol/drospirenone 30microgram/3mg tablets||w/c 29 March 2021||Equivalent alternatives with same composition remain available from suppliers of following brands: Dretine, Yacella, Ellaite and Lucette.|
|Yasmin||w/c 3 May 2021 – w/c 5 July 2021|
Target Healthcare and Smartway Pharma have confirmed that they can source unlicensed imports of Mestranol 50 microgram / Norethisterone 1mg (Norinyl-1 equivalent) tablets.
Smartway Pharma has assured that it can source unlicensed imports of Levonorgestrel 30mg (Norgeston equivalent) tablets and Estradiol Valerate / Dienogest (Qlaira equivalent) tablets.
If there is currently no listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems an EPS prescription for unlicensed product cannot be issued.
Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe an unlicensed import, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as ‘Required Product (Special Order)‘ and endorsed by the pharmacy as a non-Part VIIIB special.