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Natalie Gauld

Auckland, New Zealand

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  • Pharmacists in New Zealand can now prescribe the oral contraception pill to womenSubscription

    9 MAR 2017

    We have come a long way from the early days of the oral contraceptive pill, where the doctor would only prescribe it to women who were married, and then told them soon after that it was time to stop it and have babies. But in most countries we have not come far enough. The oral contraceptive is one of the safest and most well studied medicines available. However, aided by media sensationalism of adverse events, women worry about taking it for too long. They do not know that women who t

  • New Zealand first to have OTC topical adapalene available in pharmaciesSubscription

    26 SEP 2016

    In August 2016, pharmacists in New Zealeand were given permission to supply adapalene without a prescription through reclassification. This is in line with both Singapore (approval March 2016) and the United States (approval July 2016). For New Zealand and the United States, a major consideration was potential teratogenicity, with both countries considering non-prescription status was appropriate based on the evidence. Interestingly, Germany took a different approach, rejecting the ada

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