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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.

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