ellaOne® (ulipristal acetate) training roadshows

HRA Pharma UK has announced that, now that ellaOne® is available in UK Pharmacy without prescription, it will be launching a comprehensive training programme to support the introduction into pharmacy. Part of this programme includes seven interactive workshops which will take place at venues across the UK. These workshops will provide a summary of information […]

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European Commission confirms EC access

The European Commission, in a historic ruling, has confirmed the authorisation of the emergency contraceptive, ellaOne® (ulipristal acetate, 30mg), to be accessible direct from pharmacies without the need for a prescription from a doctor. This is the first ever decision of its type regarding any oral contraceptive product applicable to all EU member states, according […]

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The Future Is Here

Most of us, as healthcare professionals, would consider access to the internet to be an essential part of our work, whether this is for communicating with each other or keeping up to date with our field. For patients, the benefits of access to the internet are many. Being able to contact peer-support and information about […]

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EMA recommends availability of ellaOne® emergency contraceptive without prescription

Change in status to facilitate access for women across Europe The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended a change in classification status from prescription to non-prescription for the emergency contraceptive ellaOne® (ulipristal acetate). This means that the medicine could be obtained without a prescription in the European Union […]

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Readers might be interested to know that Pfizer are sponsoring a series of educational events on womens’ healthcare, encompassing  aspects of sexual health and family planning. These are taking place in England through October and November. Manchester – Saturday 4th October 2014 Nottingham – Saturday 11th October 2014 Durham – Tuesday 4th November 2014 Blackburn […]

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Abortion In The Media

In the last two weeks, abortion has been making the headlines again. Firstly in the UK, as glamour model Josie Cunnigham revealed that she was pregnant and subsequently considered an abortion. She spoke openly about this decision in a video interview for UK tabloid The Mirror, and stated that her existing commitment to appearing in […]

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Wud U? Reviewing Barnardos’ App For Reducing The Risk of Sexual Exploitation

The Wud U? app was launched last month. The result of a joint project by Barnardos and Microsoft, it’s designed to be an educational tool for young people and professionals who work with them. It’s aimed at helping young people identify behaviours that may put them at risk of sexual exploitation. Produced after extensive interviews […]

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IPPF Says World Bank Failing To Commit To Reproductive Health Issues

A recent report by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) criticises the World Bank for failing to increase its commitment to funding projects related to reproductive health. There are 222 million women whose needs for family planning remain unmet, and this figure is projected to increase to 900 million by 2015. The World Bank provides […]

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UN Fails To Resolve Action On Ending Discrimation Based On Sexual And Gender Identity

The UN’s Commission On Population and Development  ended its 47th session in New York last week with the recommendation that the promotion of gender equality, reproductive health and rights are key priorities for sustainable development. The weeklong Commission was convened at the UN headquarters in New York to assess 20 years of progress since the […]

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FSRH launches new Quality Standard for Contraceptive Services.

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) has published new guidance outlining the standards of contraceptive care that patients in the UK should expect to receive. A Quality Standard for Contraceptive Services, which was launched on Thursday 3rd April at the FRSH’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Belfast, sets out a range of key quality […]

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