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
|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:
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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