Fears grow over HRT drug shortage | News – The Times

Rising numbers of women are “panicking” because a national shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) treatments has left them at the mercy of returning menopause symptoms, experts say.

The most commonly prescribed treatments are out of stock in many pharmacies across the country — the result of factors including some products being discontinued and others having manufacturing problems.

Industry sources yesterday said women could find it difficult to obtain treatments until 2020.

“Women are having to have their regular HRT doses modified, or replaced with alternatives, to accommodate for these supply problems,” said Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs.

“It’s not clear why there is a shortage or how long it will last, but it is having a massive impact on…

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