The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is consulting on giving a Pharmacy (P) licence to progestogen-only contraceptive pills called Lovima and Hana respectively, meaning for the first time this form of contraception could be available in pharmacies without the need for a prescription.
RPS President Sandra Gidley said:
“The Royal Pharmaceutical Society welcomes the MHRA’s consultation which could allow a progestogen-only contraceptive pill to be provided directly to women by pharmacists without a prescription.
“Pharmacies already play an important role in the provision of contraception and are a convenient, expert source of help and advice. This move will increase access to an effective method of contraception and enable women to make an informed choice about their needs after discussion with a pharmacist.
“Whilst this classification is a positive move, ultimately we’d like to see contraceptive services commissioned by the NHS through pharmacies so many more people can benefit from another point of access to contraception and advice.”
We will be responding to the consultation in due course.