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GPs told they can now let patients self-inject contraceptive

GPs can now offer women the option to self-inject the contraceptive Sayana Press (medroxyprogesterone acetate) under a new licence that came into effect this week. 

It comes after the UK drugs regulator granted Pfizer an extension to its licence to allow self-injection of Sayana Press ‘when considered appropriate by a healthcare professional’.

The change means Sayana Press becomes the first self-injectable contraceptive available in the UK.

Under the new licence, women need to see a healthcare professional for training but can then administer the jab at home – although they will still need yearly check-ups.

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