FSRH Statement on National Copper IUD Shortages

Posted 15 September 2023

Date: 15 Sep 2023

Type: FSRH Press Releases and Statements

There is currently a national shortage of banded copper IUDs. The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) has received many queries and reports from our members over the past weeks describing difficulties sourcing these devices for their practices. This has been caused by a global shortage of copper which has impacted manufacturing of the device.

We are working in partnership with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to find solutions to the supply chain issues. We have also reached out to the manufacturers and suppliers of the banded copper IUD to establish production and supply timelines to help clinicians plan for the coming weeks. 
 
We ask that clinicians please report shortages to the National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR) team through this link, which contains guidance on reporting as well as the team’s contact details. This will help the Government to assess and monitor the scale and impact of the shortages. 
 
We will publish a clinical statement with input from the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU) next week to support clinicians in their practice, in light of the current situation. We will send it to all members, and also keep this page regularly updated with the latest information.

Context 

Below is a list of responses and expected timelines from the manufacturers contacted. We will be regularly updating this table with further information from suppliers. If you have any further information, please email shanieh@fsrh.org

Manufacturer/Supplier  Response
RF Medical Supplies Ltd  14/09: Capped copper T-380A fully restocked and all wholesalers restocked. 
MonaLisa  11/09: Manufacturing of 10-year Tsafe 380 A QL has resumed, stock expected in 10 weeks. 
Williams Medical Supplies  26/09: Fully out of stock, current expected delivery date showing as January next year.
Durbin PLC   13/09: Reported manufacturing issue, with no expected date of availability.  
Bayer  13/10: Nova-T currently no stock issue and good supply through your usual wholesalers.
SRCMED  11/09: 4/5 devices out of stock. 

Report your experience

FSRH are carrying out a survey to provide the National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR) team at DHSC with up-to-date information on the scale of the current copper IUD shortages. The information you provide will allow them to forward plan and address the shortages as quickly and efficiently as possible to ensure there is as little disruption as possible both for you and for your patients. Kindly fill out this survey to give the NSDR team accurate information to coordinate an effective response.

National Copper IUD Shortage Survey