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