Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Quebecers denied easy access to morning-after pill

From the Montreal Gazette:
The emergency contraceptive pill Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, was approved yesterday as an over-the-counter drug across the country - except in Quebec.

While other Canadian girls and women - there is no minimum age requirement - will be able to purchase Plan B like they would Tylenol or vitamins, Quebecers will still have to consult a pharmacist and reveal some very personal information about their sexual activity.

Quebec pharmacists are not part of the national pharmacists' group that made yesterday's decision. They support Quebec's current behind-the-counter restrictions.

"It's not just another drug," Manon Lambert, a pharmacist who is registrar of the Quebec Order of Pharmacists, said. ...more

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