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Investigation: Help needed

Posted by hannahflynn on January 23, 2010

The NuvaRing, a new form of contraception, was launched in the UK in January 2009 after it was approved by NICE. However, it has become apparent that nearly one year after it was launched many PCTs in the country have listed this form of contraception as RED RED, RED orAMBER on their formularies (a list of which drugs are available to patients) meaning it is unavailable unless a doctor requests it specifically for a patient from the PCT. This is normally only done when there are health risks associated with the patient not receiving a drug.

In the past 18 months there has been increasing pressure to increase the availability of different forms of contraception on the NHS, specifically LARCs (long acting reversible contraception). The NuvaRing is unique in that it lasts a month, and is completely reversible. I has been launched in the US and has become increasingly popular.

I have started an investigation to find out how many PCTs in England and Wales have not made the NuvaRing available to patients. I want to find out which ones have branded it Amber, Red or Red Red and why.

I have left Scotland out of this investigation as the rules concerning formularies are different and it was launched there at a different time.

Here’s how you can help:

Call up your local PCT and ask them how the NuvaRing is branded in your area. Information can be found here.

Call up your local family planning clinic and ask if and how you can access it.

If you have had any problems or have not been happy with your access to contraception via the NHS, please leave your comments below.

Please send any information to hannahbflynn@googlemail.com

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