Sunday, July 20, 2008

Morning-after pill expected to soon be available over the counter

From the Grand Falls-Windsor (NL) Advertiser:
When the province's health minister signs off on legislation for the morning-after pill, Newfoundlanders will join the ranks of countries with some of the easiest access to emergency contraception.

Known as Plan B, the drug was only available at first with a doctor's prescription.

Ottawa allowed the pill to be sold without a prescription as of 2005, but a consumer could only obtain it after talking first to a pharmacist.

Sandra Carey, a pharmacist in Grand Falls-Windsor and president of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), said the executive of her group agreed the drug, called Plan B (Levon-orgestrel) by its manufacturer, is safe.

"The executive of my group had the option to accept or reject the recommendation from the recommendations that have come down from NDSAC (National Drug Scheduling Advisory Committee), and they have decided to accept it," she said. ...more

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