Medicine Supply Notification: Oral contraceptive tablets (various brands)

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued a medicine supply notification for Oral Contraceptive tablets (various brands)

The following oral contraceptive preparations are currently out of stock

Product affected Ingredients Anticipated Resupply Date Management Advice
Brevinor Ethinylestradiol/norethisterone 35microgram/500 microgram tablets Late October 2020 No exact equivalent available
Norimin Ethinylestradiol/norethisterone 35microgram/1mg tablets November 2020 No exact equivalent available
Synphase Ethinylestradiol/norethisterone/ 35microgram/500microgram and
35microgram/1mg tablets
November 2020 Unlicensed imports of Synphase tablets have been sourced; lead times vary.
Yiznell Ethinylestradiol/drospirenone 30microgram/3mg tablets TBC Equivalent alternatives with same composition remain available from suppliers of following brands: Dretine, Yacella, Yasmin, Ellaite and Lucette.
Zoely Estradiol/nomegestrol 1.5mg/2.5mg tablets September 2020 No exact equivalent available

The following specialist importers have confirmed they can source unlicensed Synphase tablets (please note, there may be other companies that can also source supplies):

There is currently no listing on dm+d for the imported product for prescribers to select using their prescribing systems so an EPS prescription for unlicensed Synphase tablets cannot be issued. Where a prescriber wishes to prescribe an unlicensed import, an FP10 paper prescription should be issued as 'Synphase tablets (Special Order)' and endorsed by the pharmacy as a non-Part VIIIB special with the following information:

  • Amount dispensed over pack size used;
  • Invoice price per pack size from which the order was supplied lessany discount or rebate;
  • Manufacturers'/importers' MHRA licence number;
  • Batch number of the product supplied;
  • SP

The DHSC Medicine Supply Team provide a monthly update on potential supply issues affecting both primary and secondary care. This update is uploaded on the Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS) website. To register, you will need  an NHS email address. Once set up and logged in, you will be able to access it online.

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