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Notice of Testim Discontinuation

The manufacturer of Testim® has advised that it intends to cease production and supply of this product in 2018.

The product is currently out of stock but supplies are expected to be delivered in early 2018, currently estimated as February. However, once this delivery of stock has been made it seems the product will be discontinued with no further supplies being made. The manufacturer stresses that the decisions to discontinue this product is not due to issues regarding safety, quality or efficacy of the product.

Testim® contains 50 mg of testosterone in a 5g unit dose container. Testogel® would appear to be a reasonable replacement; it contains the same strength of testosterone in the same unit dose presentation.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this product being discontinued. It would be prudent to run clinical system searches to identify any patients who are currently prescribed this product to allow suitable alternatives to be arranged.

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2 Comments to “Notice of Testim Discontinuation”

  1. Is Testogel the same as Androgel? I was on Androgel for several years only to find that my free and total Testosterone were extremely low. Fortunately, Testim was an adequately replacement. Please do not tell me that Androgel should have worked, because it did not.

    Comment by George J Smith — July 1, 2019 #
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    1. @George J Smith,

      Androgel is not available here in the UK. A quick check online would indicate they are made by different companies but they seem to have the same ingredients in them in terms of the active content and other excipients and the strength is the same at 1%.

      Comment by Matthew Robinson — July 3, 2019 #
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