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Parliamentary questions
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19 March 2019
Question for written answer E-001399-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Daniele Viotti (S&D)

 Subject:  No access to hormonal drugs for transsexual men in Italy
 Answer in writing 

On 18 March 2019, journalist Simone Alliva published an investigation in the online weekly ‘L’Espresso’ into access to testosterone-based drugs for transsexual men. He condemned the fact that Italy did not produce any hormonal drugs and that it was therefore impossible to use them.

The failure to regularly take testosterone poses a serious risk to transsexual men, as the lack of hormones results in physical and psychological destabilisation, which causes severe mood swings that can lead to severe depression.

The investigation shows that the Italian Medicines Agency recently included all testosterone-based medicines on the list of temporarily unavailable medicines and that, in order to cope with the failure to produce such drugs, local health authorities have been permitted to import the necessary medicines from abroad, although only an endocrinologist is allowed to prescribe them.

In Italy, however, endocrinologists with experience in gender dysphoria are few and far between, with very long waiting lists. Faced with the impossibility of accessing such treatment, the transsexual community is thus being forced to buy the medicines on the illegal market, with no certainty as to their ingredients.

What does the Commission therefore intend to do to guarantee the right of access to medicines for transsexual men in Italy?

Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 3 April 2019Legal notice