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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2022, 09:49:10 am »
Thank you Kally for the above information.

Unfortunately Boots told me on May 20th that shortage applied to E Patches also as I mentioned possibility of reverting to E Patches.
Obviously I hope Boots were wrong or if right then, that position changes at Boots urgently. I note that wef June 1st, Pharmacies have been given special permission to substitute E Patches for E Gel.

If I were to change to E Patches, I would have to apply to GenderGP as my NHSGP would not change of her own volition as "out of bounds"

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #21 on: June 12, 2022, 12:33:34 pm »
I hope all of you get the HRT (and any other) medicine you need when or before you need it.

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #22 on: June 12, 2022, 12:44:43 pm »
When there is a shortage in the U.K., does the price go up or do you simply have a tougher time getting the medicine, or both?

Chrissy

Like Sarah and most other Members, I obtain mine free under NHS.

If you refer to the true price for fully private patients, I strongly suspect the answer is both your suggestions.

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #23 on: June 12, 2022, 12:47:04 pm »
I hope all of you get the HRT (and any other) medicine you need when or before you need it.

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Chrissy

Thank you so much Chrissy. Not too long now hopefully for us UK Members to wait!

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #24 on: June 12, 2022, 01:00:49 pm »
My tablets are delayed this month. I may have to borrow some from Megan.  ;D
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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2022, 06:06:28 pm »
I have tried all the local chemists and nobody has gel. I can get patches and tablets however,
I have request my prescription to be 1 month tablets and hoping after that I can get gel again. I really do not want to take tablets for more than a month, so if still no gel, I will have to try patches what a pain. And as mentioned I expect the price will have rocketed when they start to become available again.

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2022, 04:12:09 am »
I still need a small dose of estrogen and my US insurance has a formulary which limits choices and to me I just perfer Estrogel or Evamist and both were dropped so... I had been getting it from a pharmacy (for cash - but very inexpensive) then... Canceled - Men not allowed even tho the pharmacy published a report on how men without not normal levels had all sorts of issues.  So I went to the more common Canadian Pharmacy system that sells drugs to a lot of US citizens for doable prices.  I emailed a half dozen and most came back saying it was available from the UK???  Anyway I got my refills so hope things are going better there.  Or at least you know where they are going.
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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2022, 07:09:54 am »
The main issue is yes we have a huge shortage in the UK. But as most of us know for CIS women its maybe a pump a day keeps the menopause at bay, and this in theory means 1 bottle lasts them a 64 days, but for <not allowed> girls it tends to be a bottle can last 10-15 days (without going into doses:)
Now in UK GP's are being told only prescribe monthly or bi-monthly, and pharmacies will then arrange alternative if they have no Gel, which means patches. For me that's a big no as i suffer contact dermatitis and heat rash from them. so i have very little alternative.

Yes indeed. This agrees with my latest. I called at Boots today who confirmed they are switching patients on E Gel to E Patches as per Government Guidance but only to a certain daily dosage level; patients above this level need permission from their GP before Boots will switch and calculate conversion level for E Patches and supply.

I shall decide my next course of action shortly. I marginally prefer E Gel but may settle for Evorel E Patches which I used in 2018/9. Some of you may know I just have the impossible dream of E Pellets but alas not available for transwomen in UK!

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2022, 03:50:00 am »
OK, i am awaiting delivery of my prescription and will update as to what i get. I spent a couple weeks organising with my GP and a certain online pharmacy and hoping i get the correct item :)
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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #29 on: June 15, 2022, 05:59:02 am »
Thank you Kally and good luck in securing correct item and correct and sufficient amount for the next 4 or 8 or 12 weeks (whichever your set frequency is).

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2022, 10:30:43 am »
My prescription is in the mail and will arrive tomorrow.
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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #31 on: June 17, 2022, 09:06:17 am »
Thank you Kally for the above information.

Unfortunately Boots told me on May 20th that shortage applied to E Patches also as I mentioned possibility of reverting to E Patches.
Obviously I hope Boots were wrong or if right then, that position changes at Boots urgently. I note that wef June 1st, Pharmacies have been given special permission to substitute E Patches for E Gel.

If I were to change to E Patches, I would have to apply to GenderGP as my NHSGP would not change of her own volition as "out of bounds"

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Kally

I am delighted to report that I was too pessimistic with my "out of bounds" quote above as my NHSGP has pursuant to my telephone conversation with her, kindly agreed  to make conversion calculation and to authorise new Prescription for E Patches. She has sent electronically to Boots who have ordered accordingly for my collection on Monday 20th.

Now I may relax and enjoy my weekend.

Wishing a good weekend to you and to all respondees and readers of this thread.

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #32 on: June 21, 2022, 08:23:41 am »
Hello again

I confirm that I collected my E Patches yesterday 20th and will start using them as soon as my Sandrena E Gel supply is exhausted later this month.

However my understanding is that not only E Gel, but some E Patches are still experiencing the shortage.

I shall decide after 4 or 8 or 12 weeks of E Patches whether to remain on them or transfer back to E Gel.

Good luck to all in securing your HRT and correct amount required asap.

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #33 on: July 02, 2022, 04:13:48 pm »
I just put in a prescription for oestrogel.. I will report back if there are any issues..
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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #34 on: July 02, 2022, 05:17:42 pm »
Thank you Sarah and of course I hope you encounter no problem whatsoever.

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #35 on: July 04, 2022, 07:33:37 am »
Hello again

Further to my first post, I have received no more in respect of my prescription collected May 6th meaning 36% still outstanding.

As usual I received my other medical items today June 1st but "nil" for Sandrena E Gel meaning 100% outstanding.

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Hello again

I confirm that I collected my E Patches yesterday 20th and will start using them as soon as my Sandrena E Gel supply is exhausted later this month.

However my understanding is that not only E Gel, but some E Patches are still experiencing the shortage.

I shall decide after 4 or 8 or 12 weeks of E Patches whether to remain on them or transfer back to E Gel.

Good luck to all in securing your HRT and correct amount required asap.

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Pamela xx

Hello again UK Ladies

My 36% of Sandrena E Gel from May 6th remains outstanding but the 100% of Sandrena E Gel from June 1st has now been fully replenished. I chose to take them from Boots even though no longer urgent, such that I have the option of EITHER reverting back to E Gel from E Patches which I commenced last week OR remaining on E Patches. I need to wait a few weeks before deciding taking into account both how I feel and my E result from my next BT on July 25th.

Very helpful pharmacist at Boots here in Liverpool considers we are over the worst of the shortage but by no means is it resolved.

Anyone else still still having problems securing full supply of E Gel or other form of HRT please? Good luck to you all.

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #36 on: July 04, 2022, 03:08:03 pm »
Wow thanks for the update Pamela. It's a tough situation. I am taking Sandrena gel which I believe is slightly more efficacious than Oestrogel but E patches are a different order of application. As you say, I guess, to be guided by your blood tests.

I also have an additional order for estradiol valerate through an online UK prescription pharmacy but although it's approved it isn't despatched so I'm not sure what's happening with it.

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #37 on: July 04, 2022, 11:27:45 pm »
I am about to try my luck with gel, I decided to get a months supply of pills with my last 3 monthly prescription instead of gel so I have a supply. I hope the issues will be sorted by next month.

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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #38 on: July 05, 2022, 02:20:02 am »
Ironically, my estradiol is in stock, but the delivery is on hold waiting for my other med (Viagra).
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Re: HRT Shortage in UK
« Reply #39 on: July 06, 2022, 02:15:21 am »
Just got my other order for estradiol valerate approved by a UK pharmacy. As this is a bona fide organisation, with very good trustpilot ratings, I hope I'm allowed to mention them: pharmacy planet. It's UK based and they do the prescription and medical checks. Prices were reasonable under the circumstances: £25 for 3 months supply.

Basically, given the supply issues at the moment, I wanted a backup stock in case my normal prescription pharmacy fails me. This way I now have a reserve option.

Really pleased.

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