Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I would like to request the following information:

How do you choose which contraceptive pill is prescribed to women?
How much does the price affect the which pill is prescribed?
What other factors affect this decision?

Yours faithfully,

Laura Hanton

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Hanton,
 
Thank you for your correspondence of 18 February about contraceptive pill
prescriptions.  I have been asked to reply.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material.  As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.

 

The responsibility for prescribing rests with the doctor or prescriber who
has clinical responsibility for that particular aspect of a patient’s
care.  Good communication between practitioners and patients is essential
and prescribers should always involve patients in decisions about the
treatment proposed, including informing them of any possible side effects
from their prescribed medicines. 

 

It is the responsibility of the local clinical commissioning group (CCG)
to ensure that adequate controls of prescribing are in place.  Conspicuous
poor prescribing would result in disciplinary action either from the local
CCG or from the professional regulator.  For GPs, this would be the
General Medical Council.  The use of clinical audit and peer review also
provides a powerful incentive for local clinicians to study their patterns
of care and improve prescribing standards.

 

I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
 
Nung Yang
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care

 

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