Compounded Medication

The NSW Pharmacy Trial Revolutionising Medication Accessibility

Empowering Access to the Contraceptive Pill

In a groundbreaking initiative, the NSW Pharmacy Trial is reshaping the landscape of healthcare accessibility, bringing important medications directly to the community through specially trained pharmacists. From September 2023, over 1,000 pharmacies in New South Wales will be able to offer a resupply of oral contraceptive pills (‘the pill’) to eligible women without the need for a traditional prescription.

Participating pharmacists are equipped to resupply a range of oral contraceptive pills, including Combined Oral Contraceptive pills (COC) and Progestogen-Only Pills (POP or the mini-pill). COCs contain a combination of oestrogen and progestogen, while POPs focus solely on progestogen.

Which Contraceptive Pills Are Included?

  • It’s important to note that pharmacists can only resupply pills containing specific types of oestrogen and progestogen, including:
  • Ethinyloestradiol (40μg or less)
  • Levonorgestrel
  • Norethisterone
  • Drospirenone (single-ingredient preparations only).

The helpful team at Fresh Therapeutics will be able to identify what pill you’re taking and confirm whether your pill is included in the trial. The trial emphasises that pharmacists cannot alter the type of pill a patient is taking, ensuring continuity and adherence to the medication prescribed by a doctor or nurse practitioner.

With various brands available, each offering different types and doses of hormones, patients are encouraged to discuss their preferences with the participating pharmacist. While the trial expands accessibility, it remains committed to maintaining the integrity of the patient’s existing prescription, ensuring that pharmacists supply the same pill initially prescribed by the healthcare professional.

What About Other Medications?

This innovative trial extends beyond contraceptive care, with trained pharmacists also empowered to provide medications for treating urinary tract infections (UTIs) for eligible patients between 18-65 years of age. The goal is to evaluate the safety and convenience of obtaining these essential medications directly from pharmacists, eliminating the need for a doctor’s prescription. The study places a strong emphasis on ensuring seamless communication between pharmacists and doctors to guarantee consistent and comprehensive care for patients.

Progressive Patient Care in NSW

The NSW Pharmacy Trial marks a significant step toward a more patient-centric and accessible healthcare system. By leveraging the expertise of pharmacists, this initiative not only streamlines the process of obtaining crucial medications but also strengthens the collaboration between healthcare providers, paving the way for a future where healthcare is more readily available to all. As the trial unfolds, it holds the promise of reshaping how we approach community healthcare, making a lasting impact on the accessibility and convenience of essential medications.

For personalised advice and more information about how this trial could impact your contraceptive choices, visit the pharmacists at Fresh Therapeutics today!

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