Medicines Classification Committee 53rd agenda

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We strongly supported the proposed reclassifications of both nitrofurantoin and oral contraceptives from prescription medicines to restricted medicines. Had nitrofurantoin been reclassified it would have provided a solution to the current situation where a pharmacist is unable to supply trimethoprim if the patient has had treatment with an antibiotic in the last six months. We strongly believe that oral contraceptives are safe medicines and there is no reason to not make them more accessible for New Zealand women. We have formally objected to the MCC decision not to reclassify oral contraceptives and our objection has been considered to be valid.

We strongly supported the proposed reclassifications of both nitrofurantoin and oral contraceptives from prescription medicines to restricted medicines. Had nitrofurantoin been reclassified it would have provided a solution to the current situation where a pharmacist is unable to supply trimethoprim if the patient has had treatment with an antibiotic in the last six months. We strongly believe that oral contraceptives are safe medicines and there is no reason to not make them more accessible for New Zealand women. We have formally objected to the MCC decision not to reclassify oral contraceptives and our objection has been considered to be valid.

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