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Menopausal Hormone Therapy Shortages in Australia – Update 22 February 2021

There has been a recent shortage of a number of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) preparations and some of these have now been or soon will be resolved:

Oral MHT

Duavive – supply due to be resolved by end January 2022 

Transdermal

Estradot 100 – supply due to be resolved by the end of March

Estradot 75 – supply due to be resolved by the end of April

Estradot 50 – supply due to be resolved by the end of March

Estradot 37.5 – supply due to be resolved by the end of March

Estradot 25 – supply due to be resolved by the end of April

Estalis Conti 50/140 - supply due to be resolved by early April

Estalis Conti 50/250 - supply due to be resolved by early April

Estalis Sequi 50/140 – supply due to be resolved by early May

Estalis Sequi 50/250 – supply due to be resolved by early May

Estraderm MX 50 – supply due to be resolved by end of April

Estraderm MX 100 - supply due to be resolved by end of April

Please note that dates for supply have been sourced from either the pharmaceutical supplier or the TGA website and may change at any time.

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Australia Day Honours 2021 – Professor Susan Davis AO

AMS would like to congratulate AMS and IMS Past-President Professor Susan Davis on being awarded an Officer (AO) in the General Division for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or humanity at large.

Sue was awarded the Australia Day Honour for distinguished service to medicine, to women's health as a clinical endocrinologist and researcher, and to medical education.

Many of you would know how tirelessly Sue has worked in women’s health and particularly in menopause education and research.

Congratulation Sue on your award, which is most deserving.

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Menopausal Hormone Therapy Shortages in Australia – Update 27 January 2021

There has been a recent shortage of a number of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) preparations and some of these have now been or soon will be resolved:

Oral MHT

Femoston 1/10 – resolved

Duavive – supply due to be resolved by end January 2022

Angeliq - resolved 

Transdermal

Climara – resolved

Estradot 100 – resolved

Estradot 75 – supply due to be resolved by the early April

Estradot 50 – supply due to be resolved by the early February

Estradot 37.5 – supply due to be resolved by early April

Estradot 25 – resolved

Estalis Conti - resolved

Estalis Sequi 50/140 –supply due to be resolved by mid February

Estalis Sequi 50/250 –supply due to be resolved by mid February

Estraderm MX 50 – supply due to be resolved by end of April

Estraderm MX 100 - supply due to be resolved by end of April 

Estrogel/Estrogel Pro – resolved

Please note that dates for supply have been sourced from either the pharmaceutical distributor or the TGA website and may change at any time.

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Menopausal Hormone Therapy Shortages in Australia - Update 9 December 2020

There has been a recent shortage of a number of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) preparations and some of these have now been or soon will be resolved:

Oral MHT

Femoston 1/10 – resolved

Duavive – supply due to be resolved by April 2021

Angeliq - resolved 

Transdermal

Climara – resolved

Estradot 100 – resolved

Estradot 75 – supply due to be resolved by the end of December

Estradot 50 – supply due to be resolved by the end of December

Estradot 37.5 – resolved

Estradot 25 – supply due to be resolved by the end of December

Estalis Conti - supply due to be resolved by end of December

Estalis Sequi –supply due to be resolved by March 2021

Estrogel/Estrogel Pro 

Estrogel/Estrogel Pro - resolved

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Early Menopause Webinars – 3 Part Series

Want to Know more about Early Menopause?

Early menopause changes you. You physically have changed. You emotionally change. You psychologically change.

Join a panel of leading experts and women with lived experience of early menopause with an opportunity to ask your questions.

EM Webinars for women 2020

Healthtalk Australia

Click on links below to register:

19 October 2020, 2:30 pm – Spontaneous Early Menopause

16 November 2020, 10:00 am – Early Menopause associated with gynecological cancer

30 November 2020, 10:30 am - Early Menopause associated with breast cancer

Even if you can’t join live, register now and we’ll send you the recorded webcast to watch at your convenience.

For further information please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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A Current Affair - Linking Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT) and Breast Cancer

On 23 September, A Current Affair screened a segment featuring Blanche D’Alpuget (the late Bob Hawke’s wife) which may raise some concerns for your patients. In the segment she discusses how she was diagnosed with breast cancer after her MHT dosage was increased. Dr Kerryn Phelps was also interviewed and claimed that the recent evidence shows that MHT ‘triples’ the risk of breast cancer.

Dr Phelps references the Lancet study published in August last year.

We refer you to the excellent paper written by Professor Susan Davis, President, International Menopause Society and AMS Past-President in response to the Lancet paper, to assist you in discussion about the risks and benefits with your patients.

www.menopause.org.au/hp/gp-hp-resources/1483-menopause-matters

We also refer you to our Fact Sheet and Infographic on “What is MHT and is it safe?” which is a good resource for your patients.

www.menopause.org.au/health-info/fact-sheets/what-is-menopausal-hormone-therapy-mht-and-is-it-safe

www.menopause.org.au/health-info/infographics/what-is-menopausal-hormone-therapy-and-is-it-safe

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iCARE Covid-19 International Survey 4

covid surveyFor the past few months, people have been feeling the impacts of COVID-19 on their daily lives. 
 
Help us understand those impacts and make a real change by completing and sharing our iCARE survey in your networks.

Survey 4: mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19

We are releasing monthly versions of the survey. We invite you to fill out each version as it becomes available and to share it in your networks, whether you have filled previous versions or this is your first participation. Each time you fill or share the survey, it will allow us to follow the evolution of COVID-19’s effects on communities worldwide. 

More than 60 000 people from 140 countries have completed the survey (available in multiple languages), and we are still going! 

Take the survey

Preliminary results are now available at: mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19/stats-wave1 (keep checking the website for results updates as they come in!). Thanks to your participation, we have learned what people think of government public health policies and COVID-19-related restrictions, and how people are coping with the pandemic.

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Shortage of Menopause Hormone Therapy Update - 24 June 2020

Recently a number of menopause hormone therapy (MHT) products have been unavailable or in short supply.  Brand names including Climara, Angeliq and Duavive have been affected, and the TGA has advised that there are anticipated shortages of various doses of Estradot and Estalis Sequi until July 2021 (apps.tga.gov.au/prod/msi/Search/Details/estradiol). The shortages are due to a change in manufacturing processes that require a new approval by the TGA which can take up to six months. New Zealand has already approved the new manufacturing process for Estradot. In an effort to maintain the availability of Estradot,   the TGA have agreed to allow an ‘unregistered product’ to be supplied in Australia. This unregistered product is the one that is supplied in New Zealand – same name (Estradot) and same dosage as Australia but it has different packaging and Australian Registered Number. The TGA anticipate that supply should be sufficient now that there is authority to distribute the New Zealand approved product.

However, as Estalis Sequi is not registered in New Zealand, the same mechanism for supply in Australia cannot be used. Sandoz are expecting that there will be critical supply issues between August and September 2020. Sandoz/TGA will be writing to all relevant health professionals about the supply issue and advise of alternative prescriptions. Sandoz have also advised that the TGA will expedite the approval process and they anticipate that approval should be reached by around September 2020.

Prescribers should check the AMS Guide to Equivalent MHT/HRT Doses to guide them on prescription alternatives. Options to replace Estalis Sequi include:

  • Estradot combined with a progestogen
  • Estrogel Pro
  • Oral MHT if appropriate

Patients who are having issues with filling their prescription are encouraged to see their doctors to discuss alternative options.

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Shortage of Menopause Hormone Therapy - 22 May 2020

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has advised that there are currently and/or anticipated shortages of various doses of Estradot, Estalis Sequi and Climara patches in Australia.

Please see information here: http://apps.tga.gov.au/prod/msi/Search/Details/estradiol

Supply of Estraderm, Sandrena and Estrogel have not been affected and may be good alternatives for Estradot and Climara. If substituting Estraderm, Sandrena or Estrogel for Estalis Sequi, a progestogen will need to be added. Please see the AMS Guide to Equivalent MHT/HRT Doses to review the alternative options available.

There are also shortages of Angeliq and Duavive. Alternative options are available for these (such as Femonston-Conti, Kliovance, Estrogel Pro, Livial, Xyvion and Kliogest) so please check the AMS Guide to Equivalent MHT/HRT Doses to review alternative options.

Patients who are having issues with filling their prescription are encouraged to see their doctors to discuss alternative options.

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Launch of Healthtalk Australia Early Menopause digital resource for women and health professionals

Over the last three years, aligned with our strategic mission of fostering partnerships, AMS has been a partner in a NHMRC Partnership grant together with universities, hospitals, other medical societies, non-government organisations and support groups. This project involved the co-design and development of a comprehensive digital resource for women with early menopause (EM) and health professionals (HPs) featuring their experiences, and perspectives (audio and video clips), a question prompt list with weblinks to information, evidence based diagnosis and management algorithms and resource lists. The resource is designed to support, inform and help with diagnosis, management and improved communication between women and their HPs for better health outcomes. The research team and participating HPs involved a number of AMS members and there is a link from the AMS website to the Early menopause resource. The Early Menopause digital resource was launched at Women’s Health Victoria by The Hon. Gabrielle Williams, Victorian Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Youth on November 4, 2019 with participants, members of the research team, partner representatives and invited guests attending. The research team would like to thank all participants, reference group members and partners involved.  

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To access the Early menopause digital resource:

https://healthtalkaustralia.org/early-menopause-experiences-and-perspectives-of-women-and-health-professionals/

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