Three-quarters of GPs oppose OTC Pill availability

Only one in five GPs back proposals to make the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) available OTC, survey findings show.

Of 126 GPs who completed the poll on doctors.net, just 21 per cent said the Pill should be available direct 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 but the Pill OTC.

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

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

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

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