A popular remedy for relieving hay fever is the latest medicine to run out in Ireland, the Irish Independent has learned.
It comes after a lack of the pain reliever acetaminophen and the menopause treatment HRT.
A spokeswoman for the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) said one of the most commonly used hay fever medications – Piriton 4mg tablets – is in short supply.
In mid-May, hay fever sufferers regularly experience symptoms such as watery eyes, nasal congestion and sneezing due to pollen released from trees and grasses.
The supply of the drug is scheduled to resume on May 16 and there are still alternatives to treating hay fever, the spokeswoman said.
Hay fever causes hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland to experience symptoms from late March to September each year.
Supplies of chlorphenamine maleate, the active ingredient in Piriton and other hay fever medications, are limited, and most people stick to the drug that works for them.
The shortage comes against a background of temporary supply problems with some tablets containing paracetamol.
An HPRA spokeswoman said backsupply of these drugs is expected this week, with one supplier expecting shortages of its products to last through June.
Alternative medicines containing paracetamol are available.
When asked for an update on the intermittent supply of some HRT products, particularly transdermal patches, she said: “We have been working with suppliers on this on a regular and ongoing basis.
“The companies marketing the products have indicated that the current supply difficulties are due to a significant increase in demand for these medicines in Ireland in recent years.”
Suppliers have confirmed that they have increased planned shipments of HRT patches to Ireland throughout 2022 in response to this increased demand.
In the case of the Evorel range, the Theramex company confirmed that supplies of Evorel Conti resumed at the end of January and supplies of Evorel 50 mcg/24 hours resumed on February 23rd.
Another brand, Novartis’ Estradot, is expected to have the full range back in stock in July based on manufacturing availability. The company has indicated there is an interrupted supply through July and is working to find additional solutions to the immediate issues.
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