Repeat supplies of oral contraceptives from pharmacists

Press Release – Pharmaceutical Society

New Zealand women to have access to regular repeat supplies of oral contraceptives directly from their community pharmacist.January 29, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

New Zealand women to have access to regular repeat supplies of oral contraceptives directly from their community pharmacist.

With the Ministry of Health’s Medicines Classification Committee’s latest recommendation, our local community pharmacists will be able to provide repeat supplies of selected oral contraceptives to women previously prescribed so by their doctor.

The Society welcomes this decision to enable our community pharmacists to provide another beneficial healthcare service for women in addition to the provision of emergency contraception and treatment of urinary tract infections. The training and accreditation process for this new service will ensure pharmacists provide continued supply of the oral contraceptive safely and appropriately, while ensuring links to general practice are supported.

On behalf of all its pharmacist members, the Society thanks the team at GreenCross Health and Natalie Gauld Ltd for the determination to enable the provision of more convenient access to medication and health professional advice for women in New Zealand.

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