Pharmacy prescribing and contraception access

The author argues that it is unlikely that schemes to make oral hormonal contraception available through pharmacy prescribing will contribute to a reduction in teenage pregnancies, and highlights all the other issues, as well as access, that are part of this problem. For example, the pilot schemes are unlikely to include under-16s, and if compliance is poor encouraging more women to take oral contraceptives rather than use other methods could result in more pregnancies.

Hand H. Widening access to contraception: the impact of pharmacy prescribing. Nurse Prescribing 2010; 8(2): 58-65.