Testosterone Implants are Available in the UK

Chemical formula for testosterone to illustrate the availability of testosterone implants in the UK

Testosterone and oestradiol implants are once again available in the UK.

According to a press release issued on 23 September 2015 by the British Menopause Society (BMS), Testosterone 100 mg Implants are now available from Smartway Pharmaceuticals Ltd (SP Ltd) in the UK.

This will be welcome news to the many women who relied on testosterone implants to relieve their symptoms of depression, fatigue, lack of sexual desire and response, only to find the product withdrawn three years’ ago.

Testosterone Implants Discontinued

In November 2012, pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) announced that it was discontinuing the production of testosterone implants.

This was ‘a global profitability decision’ by MSD. As far back as November 2011, MSD Australia had written a letter to doctors and pharmacists, saying that it had ‘decided to discontinue the manufacture and supply of testosterone implants… based on the fact that significant and extended process enhancements would be needed to sustain future manufacturing.’

This decision closely followed the withdrawal of Intrinsa testosterone patches for women. Intrinsa was first authorised in the European Union in 2006 for the treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in women who had undergone a surgically induced menopause and were receiving oestrogen therapy. In 2010 pharmaceutical company Warner Chilcott decided not to renew the application for Intrinsa in Europe, again citing ‘commercial reasons’.

This decision meant that there were no licensed female testosterone replacement preparations available in the UK and no alternative suppliers in Europe. Hospitals and clinics tried desperately to source the implants from the USA and some were more successful than others.

The British Menopause Society and other menopause societies around the world protested the decision but as the BMS said in a press release issued on 20 December 2012, ‘Whilst the decision by MSD to withdraw hormone implants was immoral, it was not illegal and cannot be reversed.’

Unfortunately, there is very little that anyone can do to challenge the decisions of major pharmaceutical companies, particularly when profits are at stake.

Testosterone Gel

In the meantime, off license use of testosterone gel such as Testim and Testogel has been the only available alternative. For those women who had been used to receiving testosterone implants the gel was a weak and often ineffective substitute.

Testosterone implants are usually inserted every six months and the effect is a lot more powerful than the recommended daily dose of testosterone gel for women. However, side-effects can include aggression and hypersexuality. Often the benefits of the implant wear off after four months.

Testosterone Implants are Available in the UK

SP Ltd is the only distributor of Testosterone 100mg Implants across the world (excluding USA). The product is manufactured by Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology Inc in the USA, and SP Ltd is their main distributor for the Testosterone Implants.

Oestradiol 25 mg and 50 mg Implants are also available through SP Ltd.

The Testosterone and Oestradiol Implants are not for sale to the general public but must be prescribed by a doctor. If your pharmacist or doctor is unaware of this new availability please pass on this information to them.

Contact Details for Smartway Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Name: Dhruv Patel
Tel: +44 208 545 7730
Email: dhruv@smartwaypharma.co.uk

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10 Responses to Testosterone Implants are Available in the UK

  1. Eli September 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    Can someone please recommend me a private gynecologist in London or Europe who can prescribe or fit a testosterone implant.

    I’m 46 but look 25 and feel very young. I feel my life just flashed past me and it’s over and feeling very hopeless as i had no period since last October. I consulted a private hormonal doctor and he prescribed estrogen/progestogen which has got rid of the sudden hot flashes. But I feel tired, weak and depressed and to complicate things I have hashimotos disease (hypothyroidism). My NHS gp has stopped my T3 medication because of costs although I would have been happy to pay for them privately. Now I noticed that i have lost my high sex drive and haven’t dated anyone for over a year. Is my life over ? If so, at least the NHS can do me a favor is to refer me to an euthanasia clinic in Switzerland so I won’t cost them anymore for my low grade Levothyroxine it prescribes. Well i get private prescription for this too now.

    Anyway, thank you in advance and apologies for winging.

    • Angie Macdonald September 30, 2017 at 11:10 am #

      Hi Eli. Professor John Studd is a popular private London gynaecologist who is known to prescribe testosterone but I’m sure there are others. I know that he has fitted testosterone implants in the past but I’m not sure if he is still doing that as they became rather hard to obtain for a while. If not, testosterone gel such as Testim gel is always an option and frequently prescribed. HRT including Testim gel is also available on the NHS but usually prescribed by consultants in menopause clinics. You will need to ask your GP for a referral probably if you want to go down this route unless your GP is prepared to prescribe Testim gel off-label.

    • sharon November 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

      Hi eli
      i no this is an old post but it might help somebody else. i have had all the usual sympyoms of menopause night sweats aching joints foggy brain fatige. i am 53 years old and been on evorel conti patches. they help a little but not a lot. i asked my doctor if i could try testosterone because a blood test showed it to be low. she said no i would have to go private. we have not got a lot of money but i had to do something. i found a private gynocoligist in bedford uk today i phoned and i he see me straight away. i was in his office within the hour. i am having the testosterone implant put in on wednesday 6 dec. cost of conseltation £265.00 implant £106.00 every 6 months.

  2. R October 3, 2016 at 12:21 am #

    Its all quite confusing! I thought I’d made a massive breakthrough to get bio-hrt & now read testosterone is needed to! Not entirely sure what as I took in tablets for acne & don’t want that but would like a libido!

    • Angie Macdonald October 11, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      Hi R. Testosterone is not a necessary part of HRT and it is not actually licensed for use by women. Some doctors prescribe it to women who are distressd by their low libido, but as I say in my article ‘Do We Really Need More Testosterone for Women’ http://writehealth.co.uk/more-testosterone-for-women/ testosterone is not always the best solution. The female sex drive is very complex and is affected by so many things.

  3. Carolyn July 1, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    Hello Angie, I believe the implant is much stronger – I certainly felt the effects very quickly and it’s great to have full breasts again too! I have asked my UK doctor about an implant and he says he didn’t know any such thing was available and has referred me to a gynaecologist to find out more. I am based in Northamptonshire but this is important to my wellbeing and if I have to travel to receive this, then I will. Not that I have much money – it was 460 dollars approx in Australia, so about 250 pounds but I suspect it would be dearer here. Will let you know what happens by September as I will need it by then 🙂

    • Angie Macdonald July 2, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

      Hi Carolyn. Yes, please let me know how you get on, especially if it will help other women with getting hold of testosterone implants. Good luck!

  4. Carolyn May 30, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    Excuse my typos – new laptop!

  5. Carolyn May 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

    I really hope this is available in the UK as I have had a testosterone implant fitted in Australia and it will run out in September! Here’s hoping that I can source some as it has muade such a difference to my generakl wellbeing – much less tired and oh, the sex drive is back and it’s wonderful! I highly recommend testosterone to any posty menopausal, or tired woman out there. Get a full blood test done and look at your testosterone levels – thjey could be really low, hence your acute ‘tired all the time’ syndrome.

    • Angie Macdonald May 31, 2016 at 6:13 pm #

      Hi Carolyn. I suspect you’ll have to see a private gynaecologist to have a testosoterone implant in the UK but it may depend on where you are located. Glad to hear you’re feeling so good with the implant – I think the implant is stronger than the testosterone gel.

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