Chemists are continuing to restrict the number of condoms they are dispensing under prescription, as supply issues with a popular contraceptive pill worsen.

The Government’s drug-buying agency, Pharmac, says a limit of 72 condoms every 90 days remained in place just months after a global shortage was announced.

The restriction coincides with confirmation on Wednesday combined oral contraceptive Levlen ED – used by 100,000 Kiwi women each year – will be formally rationed from Friday, February 1.

“While current dispensing restrictions limit how often a person can collect their Levlen ED prescription, this should not stop patients from accessing their medicine or taking it as directed.

“We thank pharmacies and wholesalers for their assistance in helping to manage this stock issue and apologise for any inconvenience,” Pharmac chief executive Sarah Fitt explained.


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