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Shortage of norethisterone-containing pills in Australia: Advice for GPs

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July/August 2020 The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advises: Consumers and health professionals are advised that there is a shortage of oral contraceptive pills containing the combination ethinylestradiol and norethisterone. The affected products are: Brevinor – norethisterone 0.5 mg and ethinylestradiol 35 micrograms Norimin – norethisterone 0.5 mg and ethinylestradiol 35...

Updated IMPLANON NXT Procedures Statement

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SHINE SA, September 2020 The contraceptive implant (Implanon NXT) is one of the most effective contraceptives available. Along with the hormonal and copper IUDs, it is classified as Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) which are recommended as first-line options for all people choosing to use contraception. SHINE SA wish to alert clinicians to important updated information about Implanon...

It’s time to lift the restrictions on medical abortion in Australia – Professor Caroline de Costa

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The Conversation, April 1, 2019 6.13am AEDT Over the past thirteen years, many Australian women have used the drug mifepristone (RU486) to bring about a medical abortion. Rather than undergoing a surgical abortion in a clinic or hospital operating theatre, a medical abortion is induced by taking drugs prescribed by a doctor. But while mifepristone has been available in Australia since 2006, only...

The Ban on ‘Amyl’

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Thorne Harbour Health, 17 Jan 2019 Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently postponed its decision on whether or not to change the law around alkyl nitrites (the active ingredient in ‘amyl’ or ‘poppers’). Currently, the TGA is conducting public consultations into the proposed amendments that could see amyl recategorised as a ‘prohibited...

Support for ending and managing HIV

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Australian Government Department of Health, 29 November 2018 The Australian Government is strengthening its commitment to ending HIV with the announcement of funding for a new strategy that aims to virtually eliminate the transmission of HIV, the approval of the first HIV self-testing kit and the listing of a new medicine on the PBS. The first HIV self-testing kit, the Atomo Self Test was...

Pelvic mesh implant patients want answers from Senate report

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ABC 730 report, 26/3/2018 A steady stream of Australian women with pelvic mesh implants have spent tens of thousands of dollars flying to a clinic in Missouri to have their implants removed, claiming they have suffered major side-effects from the implants used to treat prolapse and incontinence. More than 35 Australian women have made the journey to the same practitioner because, they say, they...

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