Pharmacists may take control of birth control

New Zealand regulators are to consider the downscheduling of oral contraceptives, a step which is also under review in Australia.

A New Zealand pharmacy banner group (Green Cross Health) and a pharmaceutical company requested that NZ regulator Medsafe reconsider the scheduling status of oral contraceptives at their May meeting.

The move follows a similar request in Australia, where a submission was lodged  with the TGA in November 2014 for oral contraceptives to be moved to S3 - a move which was strongly opposed by the