Premarin conjugate estrogens tablets, an important medication in the treatment of hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and vaginal atrophy associated with menopause, have just been added to Australia’s unavailable medications list.

I take Premarin – what does this mean for me?

This means that if you have a script for Premarin, your regular pharmacist may not be able to fill it. Some pharmacists may have a small amount of Premarin still in stock, but if they don’t, they won’t be able to order it in. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the regulatory authority for all medications in this country, says it may be another month before supply is fully restored.

Why is Premarin on the unavailable medications list?

Premarin has made the unavailable medications list as its supply to the Australian market has been disrupted. This may be for a number of reasons, the most common being that the manufacturers are not producing the drug fast enough and in sufficient quantities to meet demand. It may also mean that there’s been a technical hitch in production.

Stocks will return, but it will be a matter of time.

I rely on Premarin to manage my symptoms – what are my alternatives?

If you find yourself unable to access Premarin, one of the simplest and safest options is to speak to your doctor about using the services of a compounding chemist. With a script supplied by your doctor, a compounding chemist can make up a combination of oestrogen tablets using the same active ingredients as those found in Premarin. This means you can continue uninterrupted on your treatment plan until supply of the commercial product has returned to normal.

We strongly advise that you avoid overseas websites offering cheap deals. The medications offered on these websites may not be approval by the TGA which means there’s no guarantee of the quality or safety of the product. When you buy from an overseas site you have no way of knowing if the drugs you’re buying have the same or any of the active ingredients promised. This could lead to seriously negative consequences for your health.

For more information on how a compounding chemist can help you with supplies of oestrogen tablets during this period of Premarin shortage, contact National Custom Compounding on 1300 731 755 or [email protected]