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BC prescribes access to morning after pill.

BC pharmacists can now prescribe the morning after pill. The BC government became the first in Canada to make the drug available upon request by women whose contraception has failed.

BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh vowed to work with the federal government to delist the pills, so that they could be dispensed over the counter.

"The most compelling reason to make this change is simply because women have the right to choose," Dosanjh said.

The morning after pill helps prevent pregnancy if taken with 72 hours of failed contraceptive use. It prevents or delays the release of an egg, or may prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. It does not necessarily end a pregnancy once implantation occurs.

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Date:Dec 1, 2000
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