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NPA: More awareness of pharmacy contraception services needed

1st July 2010

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has called for improved promotion of the variety of sexual health and contraceptive services offered by pharmacies in disadvantaged areas.

Margaret Peycke, the NPA’s policy manager, has stated that pharmacies should be better integrated into healthcare services networks in order to maximise their potential.

Responding to a new consultation from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on contraceptive services for disadvantaged young people, the NPA highlighted the density of pharmacies in poorer areas, as well as their long opening hours.

Ms Peycke therefore called for pharmacy sexual health services to be better promoted in order to raise awareness among those who are not taking advantage of the provisions on offer.

She said: “Whilst those visiting community pharmacies for healthcare or other reasons can be targeted opportunistically there are many more who may well avail themselves of pharmacy services if they knew of their existence.”

Last week, NPA chairman Ian Facer called on the government to continue supporting the pharmacy sector financially, in order to help it to withstand the current fragile economy.

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