Standing up for Canberra

Goodbye pill prescriptions - a win for women

Women will no longer have to make a booking to see the doctor just to get a prescription for the pill, which will mean uninterrupted access to fertility control for millions of women.

Under the National Health (Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement) Bill 2011 passed by the Senate today, patients will not have to risk missing their medication if they’re unable to see a doctor when their pills run out.

The legislation also covers people taking medication for high cholesterol.

“This is a big win for patients who can’t always make it to the doctor before their medications run out.

“I know this will be a very welcome and practical example of how good policy can work to improve people’s lives and make everyday things easier,” Ms Brodtmann said.