Moves to increase access to oral contraceptives welcomed by industry

The pledge by Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, Catherine King MP, this week to ask the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to advise government on options to reduce barriers to improve access to the contraceptive pill will result in greater choice for women so that more Australians can practice Self Care with confidence.

The move was welcomed by the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI).

A spokesperson today explained that "ASMI has a representative on the TGA-led multi-stakeholder working group on 'switch' and oral contraceptives has been identified by us as a possible contender for down-scheduling."

"As noted by Ms King, New Zealand has different access arrangements to Australia with respect to oral contraceptives. An investigation by the TGA into the different international arrangements is very much welcomed and encouraged."

"We have long been advocating for a progressive 'switch' agenda so that Australians are empowered to practice Self Care with confidence."

"Increasing access to medicines, where safe and appropriate, will lead to greater choice for consumers and substantial benefits throughout the country."

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