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Wednesday, 12 September 1973
Page: 834

Mr LAMB (LA TROBE, VICTORIA) - I remind the Minister for Health that the pharmacy ordinance of the Australian Capital Territory has been changed so that it now allows any preventive of contraception, other than those contraceptives requiring a prescription, to be sold by any person instead of only by pharmacists as formerly. I ask: What assurance can the Minister give to the House that the advice on techniques of usage provided by the professional pharmacist will still be available to purchasers?

Dr EVERINGHAM (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Health) - The whole question of the labelling of therapeutic medical goods, patent foods, and medicines and so on is under review by many committees in which my Department is concerned. At present a pamphlet is being drafted for supply to chemists, family planning centres and others interested to give the average citizen a brief account of the methods of family planning available, their reliability and the precautions necessary for people who use them. The honourable member's question relates specifically to the labelling of these goods. I will obtain details and provide them to him in my reply.

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