Drugs – What’s in a name?

Branded, generics or branded generics? Do you know the difference? When a branded, or proprietary, drug comes ‘off patent’ it is common for other companies to apply for marketing authorisation and we are, increasingly, seeing this in sexual health. This can be for generic versions or for branded generics. Branded generics are simply generic equivalent […]

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European Consortium for Emergency contraception launched at ESC in Athens

The European Consortium for Emergency contraception (ECEC) was launched in Athens on June 21st at the 12th Congress of the European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health. Why a European Consortium on EC, now? Access to emergency contraception (EC) is unequal across the region. Absence of a harmonised evidence-based approach to EC recommendations. Current changes […]

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Abortion & STI data published

WHO updated policy on safe abortion The WHO has announced the iminent publication of the second edition of ‘Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems’ http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/unsafe_abortion/9789241548434/en/ DH releases abortion statistics, England & Wales: 2011 The main findings of the newly released abortion statistics are: •    The total number of abortions was 189,931, 0.2% […]

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SRH Reports from around the globe

International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion The ICMA have launched a new international campaign for women’s right to safe abortion. Individuals and organisations are invited to join the campaign in advance of 28 May, the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. To read more and to register support go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CHH62F5 UNFPA […]

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Faculty Initiatives & Fitness to Practice

Crucial Issues for Health Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Local Health & Wellbeing Strategies Joint Guidance has been published by FSRH, BASHH, fpa, Brook, BHIVA, MedFASH, NAT, THT & NHIVNA to guide and assist Local Authorities who are preparing to commission sexual & reproductive health & HIV services when local government takes up its new […]

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NHS flouts national guidance on contraception as cuts bite:

new audit reveals shocking truth as 3.2m women face restrictions in access to contraceptives or services A new audit of the commissioning of contraceptive and abortion services in England has revealed a stark picture of inequality in women’s healthcare, with a third of women of reproductive age unable to choose from the full range of […]

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All Party Parliamentary Group launches enquiry into restrictions in access to contraceptive services.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK (APPGSRH) has launched an inquiry and call for evidence into restrictions in access to contraceptive services. Examples have already been seen of commissioners cutting prescribing budgets for contraceptive methods to meet targets for savings, with consequences for choice and public health outcomes. In addition […]

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Review of the year 2011

It has been a busy and eventful year in sexual and reproductive health: January saw the launch of the new-look Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care as it joined the BMJ family. Readers will have noticed many improvements, not least the website and early online publishing. February The joint Faculty / e-Learning for […]

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RCOG – Abortion Guidelines & Honorary Fellowships

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has, this week, published its revised guidelines on the care of women requesting induced abortion. The recommendations cover commissioning and organising services, possible side effects and complications, pre-abortion management, abortion procedures and follow up care.  A summary of new and improved recommendations and link to Q&A’s are […]

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Surveys & Statistics

SHout Loud (Sexual Health Out Loud) is a website based on a partnership between Terrence Higgins Trust, FPA, African Health Policy Network, National AIDS Trust, MedFASH and Brook. It aims to provide information about sexual health by geographical area. It is conducting 2 surveys, one for service users and one for service providers with the […]

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