prescription problems

Synarel shortages

As of 12th April 2022, I am being told that there are Synarel shortages and on several sites and by my care provider Gender GP. I have read that this is because of the Bell v Tavistock ruling.

It is my understanding that the GMC is again trying to make things difficult for Transgender people by restricting the pharmacies that dispense Synarel for gender clinics!

This is on the Gender GP website:

Following the Bell v Tavistock ruling, the General Pharmaceutical Council has targeted the pharmacies that dispense most of our Synarel. This has led to some disruption of supplies. We are always investigating alternative providers, and in the meanwhile, any chemist in the UK and EU is able to dispense medication prescribed by us.

I’m not going to go into the Bell vs Tavistock case but here are some helpful links to help you understand what’s been going on:

No, no, no good!

This is not good for trans people. If the dispensing chemists, we have been using are being targeted and the supply of Synarel is being disrupted.

I’ve had problems getting my prescription fulfilled and then further prescription supply issues in January and these issues just compound things and cause both anxiety and also withdrawal issues if drugs cannot be sourced.

At this moment I am having to source this drug from alternative suppliers, and I have also had to change my Estradiol prescription because there is also a shortage of this. At this moment, I am unsure of the reasons why this should be in short supply!

This lack of supply is not a good thing and hopefully, these Synarel shortages won’t last long!

Prescription issues again

It’s Jan 2022 and I’m having prescription issues again, this time because of a shortage of drugs. After last time’s problems, I don’t need this!

I use Gender GP as my prescribing agent, and this has never been an issue but this time the issue has been getting my prescription fulfilled.

Having decided to use an online pharmacy this time as I’ve been working away most of the week and getting to chemists would have been an issue.

Within 2 days of sending them my prescription, I received an email saying they were having trouble sourcing my Estradiol and they would send all my prescription when they had them. I told them I was short and could they send me a few weeks’ supplies. Which they did!

Two weeks later I’d heard nothing and emailed them again, and again was told “Sorry we’re struggling to get hold of Estradiol and Synarel. We’ll send you what we can get when we can get it.”

A week later I received one tub of Estradiol and one Synarel nasal spray. Disappointing as this is only months’ supply of Synarel.

I email them again and again, the same email “Sorry, we’re struggling to get supplies”

I’m getting worried now as I only have a few days’ supplies left.

I run out and stress the urgency to the pharmacy and they dispatch another month’s supply next day delivery but say they are struggling.

We’re now into March and I still haven’t received the full prescription. I received my last two boxes on 16th March, some 2 months after my prescription date.

It’s so frustrating and causes so much anxiety but the situation is such at the moment that it looks like my next prescription will be the same!

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