Morning after pill on demand.
A six-week consultation has been launched by the Medicines Control Agency after the Committee on Safety of Medicines said one form of emergency contraception - Levonelle 2 - could be safely supplied by chemists.Pharmaceutical giant Schering Healthcare, has applied for the product to be reclassified as a pharmacy medicine.
Under the application pharmacists would be able to supply the drug, now available only on a doctor's prescription, to women over 16.
The public and other interested parties have been invited to give their views on the application.
The commission will make a recommendation to health ministers in July. .
Family planning groups have long called for the post intercourse pill to be more easily accessible.
A spokeswoman for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service said: "This is a tremendous step forward.
"It puts to bed allegations that it would be medically unsafe for pharmacists to sell emergency contraception without a prescription."
But anti-abortion groups are fiercely opposed to making the morning after pill more accessible.
A spokesman for the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child said: "This is not contraception - it is effectively a huge dose of hormones which causes abortion."
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||May 20, 2000|
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