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18 June 2024   |    News

Change to the law on prescriptions for puberty blockers for under 18s

The week before last, new UK Government regulations changed the rules on what kinds of prescriptions can be used to obtain puberty blockers prescribed for people aged under 18 at pharmacies. The rules apply in England, Scotland and Wales.

The new regulations mean that:

You will still be able to obtain puberty blockers at pharmacies prescribed for people under the age of 18 if:

We know that there will be some young people who are either directly affected by these changes, or who are worried about what they might mean for their care in the future. Please don’t struggle by yourself – if you want to talk to someone about how you’re feeling you can reach out to LGBT Youth Scotland’s live chat: https://lgbtyouth.org.uk/get-support/live-chat/

You can find more information about the changes on the NHS inform website: Restrictions on puberty suppressing hormones | NHS inform

TransActual, a trans-led advocacy charity in England, is planning to take a legal challenge against the change in the law. Find out more about that at their website: https://transactual.org.uk/blog/2024/06/06/press-release-transactual-to-challenge-ban-on-puberty-blockers-in-court/

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