Support Alert

Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for three Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) medicines

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for three Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) medicines.

Oestrogel® pump-pack 750mcg/actuation gel - SSP019

Ovestin® 1mg cream - SSP020

Premique® low dose 0.3mg/1.5mg modified release tablets - SSP021

The SSPs will enable community pharmacists in the UK to supply patients with no more than three months’ supply of medicine. The SSPs came into effect on 29 April 2022 and are currently due to expire on Friday 29 July 2022. Should this change, the SSPs will be updated accordingly and published on this page.

Further information, the SSPs  along with supporting information can be found on the NHS Business Service Authority (BSA)’s dedicated SSP web page.


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