Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ruling grants easy access to morning-after pill

From the Edmonton Journal:
The emergency contraceptive pill Plan B will now be sold on the front shelves of Canadian pharmacies without any medical consultation after a landmark decision came down Thursday to make the drug more accessible.

In its final ruling, the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) has given Plan B, or Levonorgestrel, full over-the-counter status.

This new status will make Canada the fifth country worldwide that allows women to go into any pharmacy and purchase the single-dose pill without speaking to a pharmacist first. Plan B is already available without a prescription and a medical consultation in Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and India. ...more

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