Oral retinoids and the Pregnancy Prevention Programme

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This pharmacy guide covers safe prescribing, dispensing and counselling advice to protect people who use oral retinoids.

This includes patients who are at risk of pregnancy under the Pregnancy Prevention Programme (PPP).

First Published: 16 January 2020
Updated: 17 November 2023

Sections on this page

  • What is the PPP?
  • Does the PPP apply to all retinoids?
  • Who should enter the PPP?
  • What's involved in the PPP? – Pregnancy testing and contraception requirements
  • Education for healthcare professionals and people taking oral retinoids
  • Prescribing and monitoring under the PPP
  • Dispensing retinoids under the PPP
  • Counselling for all people on retinoids
  • When to refer
  • Further information

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