Desogestrel (P medicine)

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Desogestrel is licensed as a pharmacy (P) medicine and available over the counter (OTC) as Lovima and Hana 75 microgram film-coated tablets. Pharmacists should be satisfied that the supply will be clinically suitable, and the product will be used appropriately.

This pharmacy guide covers what to consider before supplying desogestrel 75 microgram film-coated tablets OTC. 

There’s a handy flowchart to help you with decision-making on whether to supply or not. 

It also provides a summary of the product information. However, it doesn’t cover the full list of contraindications or risk information.

Further details can be found in the products individual Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC).

First Published: 12 November 2020
Updated: 13 January 2023

Sections on this page

  • Desogestrel
  • Summary of product information
  • Education for pharmacy teams
  • Confidence in consultation skills
  • Decision-making process and flowchart for supply
  • Repeat supply requests
  • Supply to the person’s representative
  • Counselling
  • Quantity to supply
  • Record keeping
  • Contraception options and sexual health
  • Vulnerable adults and children - safeguarding
  • Moral beliefs
  • Further information

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