Medicine Supply Notification: Oral contraceptive tablets (various brands)

Medicine Supply Notification: Oral contraceptive tablets (various brands)

October 6, 2020

Update: (06/10/2020) Resupply dates revised below


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 Early January 2021 No exact equivalent available
Eloine Ethinylestradiol/ drospirenone
20 microgram /3mg tablet
October 2020 Unlicensed imports of Eloine have been sourced, lead times vary
Norimin Ethinylestradiol/norethisterone 35microgram/1mg tablets Early January 2021 No exact equivalent available
Synphase Ethinylestradiol/norethisterone/ 35microgram/500microgram and
35microgram/1mg tablets
Early January 2021 Unlicensed imports of Synphase tablets have been sourced; lead times vary.
Yiznell Ethinylestradiol/drospirenone 30microgram/3mg tablets November 2020 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 Mid October 2020 No exact equivalent available

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

The following specialist importers have confirmed they can source unlicensed imports of Eloine 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 ‘Ethinylestradiol/norethisterone/ 35microgram/500microgram and 35microgram/1mg 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 less any 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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