Hormone Replacement Therapy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of available HRT medications in England; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department fully understands that maintaining access to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications is vitally important to many people in this country.

The Department has well established processes to manage and mitigate the small number of supply problems that may arise at any one time.

We are aware of ongoing supply issues with some HRT preparations due to manufacturing delays. We have been working closely with all suppliers of HRT medicines to maintain overall supply to patients and we have provided regular updates about the supply situation including clinical guidance to the National Health Service.

We will continue to work with affected suppliers to resolve the supply issues as soon as possible and to ensure supplies of HRT products continue to remain available.

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