Women prescribed oral retinoids missing out on contraception: Aussie study

Only 25% of women had evidence of concomitant contraception and oral retinoids based on PBS dispensing data.
Rachel Fieldhouse

Oral retinoid prescriptions among women of reproductive age have doubled in the last decade but concomitant contraceptive use has failed to keep up, Australian doctors report.

Their analysis of PBS claims data suggests that only one in four women aged 15-44 dispensed oral retinoids, which have teratogenic effects, had evidence of overlapping contraceptive use in 2021.