What you need to know about emergency contraception

he newest hormonal emergency contraception (ulipristal acetate, branded EllaOne) is now available without prescription. Dr Helen Calabretto updates pharmacists on what to consider when helping patients

The newcomer: Ulipristal acetate

Ulipristal acetate (UPA) is a synthetic selective progesterone receptor modulator demonstrated to have an agonist and antagonist effect on the progesterone receptor.2

It became Schedule 3 (Pharmacist Only) in February and is not currently listed on the PBS.

UPA should be taken as