Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG
North East Essex CCG
East Suffolk and North East Essex NHS Foundation Trust

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MHRA:Pregnancy prevention

MHRA:Risk of serious skin reactions

MHRA:Risk of psychiatric disorders

MHRA:Rare reports of erectile dysfunction and decreased libido

MHRA: Revised and simplified pregnancy prevention educational materials for healthcare professionals and women

Hospital only guidance

Pregnancy Prevention Programme (PPP)

All prescriptions for females of childbearing age should be endorsed with either "On PPP" or "Not PPP"


  • Prescriptions must be dispensed  and collected within 7 days of the date written on the script
  • A maximum of 28 days can be supplied
  • Where the time has passed a new prescription should be obtained from the clinic.


  • Prescriptions can be dispensed as normal 
  • No restriction on the quantity supplied (up to 2months given at a time)

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