Doctors vent frustrations over repeated MHT patch shortages

Dr Karen Magraith says time spent helping patients find alternative products is adding to GP workload.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Karen Magraith.

Months-long shortages of oestrogen patches have left doctors “annoyed” and have added to their workload when prescribing menopausal hormone therapy, a leading GP says.

A dozen transdermal oestrogen patch products have been in short supply this year, with disruptions forcing patients to repeatedly swap between brands and alternative formulations.