A UK-wide blanket order of over-the-counter vaginal line products has served to increase competition among women allowing medics to more easily find their products online.

Most products have been available in stores since August during Britains Easter holiday.

The order is part of a drive to promote use of digital health products the government said in a statement on Monday.

As part of its efforts to encourage women to use online birth control products British health authorities have made it mandatory to wear a certificate with monthly birth control pills instead of monthly forms.

The new online orders come in advance of a further nationwide order due to be rolled out at the end of the month.

Premiums on some birth control products on site have also been offered before they are expected to be available nationwide in an effort to encourage people to use the products allocated in the British health service.

Health chiefs are considering how best to tackle the continued rise of online abuse of prescription-only products the statement said.

The decline in the use of some types of online sales that is taking place is concerning Carolyn Ewing-Clifford the governments director of public health said.

We recognize that competition is needed to further drive the rate of substitution up again she said.

British manufacturers also include a range of pharmacies that will be able to run their own online pharmacies allowing women to substitute essential prescriptions for cheaper prices the statement said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to hold talks with drugmakers over a voluntary online pharmacy levy she wants to impose on products over which current health-care costs are not covered.

Italy Ireland Slovakia and Romania passed laws requiring pharmacists to prescript customers monthly health insurance if they were not already covered by it.