The Pill could be available without prescription for first time ever in dramatic new plans
The Pill could soon be available at pharmacies without prescription for the first time ever as two major brands embark on a change in the way they are given out.
Women currently have to get a prescription from a doctor or qualified nurse to get their hands on their oral contraceptive.
But the proposals will see them available without a prescription and given out over the counter.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has launched two separate three-week consultations – one for each pharmaceutical company – Maxwellia which pill is marketed as Lovima and HRA Pharma for its Hana brand.
Both Lovima and Hana tablets contain the drug desogestrel and are progestogen-only oral contraceptives – also known as the mini-Pill.
The proposal could see women given a three month supply at first, then a year’s supply in subsequent visits to their local pharmacy.
The Commission on Human Medicines advised that both Lovima and Hana can be available as a Pharmacy medicine.
According to the consultation document, as part of the assessment process MHRA undertook a patient and healthcare professional engagement exercise to inform the Commission on Human Medicines decision regarding availability of desogestrel from pharmacies.
This included representation from individual patients, patient groups, pharmacists, GPs, professional bodies (Royal Pharmaceutical Society, FSRH, Royal College of GPs) and looked at whether patients would welcome wider availability.
It read: “There was strong support from all stakeholders for making desogestrel available to purchase from pharmacies in addition to being available through sexual health clinics and GPs on prescription.
“MHRA separately discussed widening access of this medicine with health policy officials in the Devolved Administrations and this also met with strong support.”