Emergency contraceptive pill
From 1 December 2017 pharmacists will be able to provide funded emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) in the form of levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet without a prescription from a prescriber.
Information for patients
If you want more information about this service, including the cost, ask your local pharmacist.
Information for community pharmacy
TAS (on behalf of DHBs) is leading the implementation of the clinical services component of this decision. If pharmacists have questions about providing this service they should contact their DHB’s pharmacy portfolio manager.
How has the Pharmaceutical Schedule changed to make this happen?
A new rule has been added to the Schedule to allow non-prescribing practitioners to supply specified funded pharmaceuticals. Non-prescribing practitioners include Quitcard providers, vaccinators and pharmacists.
A pharmacist will be able to provide specified funded pharmaceuticals where there is a note in the Schedule that says:
Note: may be provided by a pharmacist under the non-prescribing Practitioners provisions in Part III of Section A
From 1 December 2017, this note will apply to levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablets.
Last updated: 21 August 2018