Will Australia follow the UK in making the pill OTC?

Allowing the sale of one contraceptive-pill formulation without a script in British pharmacies has been dubbed 'a momentous occasion'

The progesterone-only pill desogestrel can now be purchased from pharmacies in the UK without the need for a doctor’s script.

Pharmacist and young woman patient

The landmark decision makes Britain the first industrialised nation to allow purchase of an oral contraceptive OTC.

Australia is also considering down-scheduling certain oral contraceptives from S4 to S3 (pharmacist-only medicines).

The TGA is currently assessing two separate proposals with a