GPs reject plans to make Pill OTC

Only one GP in five backs proposals to make the oral contraceptive pill available OTC, survey findings show.

Of 126 GPs who completed the poll on the doctors.net website, just 21 per cent said the Pill should be available directly from pharmacists.

Almost 74 per cent said this should not happen, with the remaining 5 per cent saying they were not sure.

Of the 400 doctors participating overall, just 31 per cent backed the move.

The survey was carried out in November, after proposals were made to allow women to buy the Pill OTC.

Comments in the online forum showed that doctors were concerned that patient confidentiality may be hindered in pharmacies, where consultations may take place on the shop floor.

Additionally, doctors were unconvinced that pharmacists would be skilled enough to pick up contraindications, according to RCGP News.

In order to give the oral contraceptive pill OTC, pharmacists would need extra training in sexual, medical and family history taking.

Additionally, safeguards for follow-up would be needed.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com.

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