Emergency contraception needs a consultation says RPS

Following a call from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service for emergency contraception to become a General Sales List medicine and be available on the shelf without a consultation with a pharmacist, Chair of RPS England Sandra Gidley said:

“Having a discussion with the pharmacist is central to providing emergency contraception.  A consultation firstly helps define if the tablet will be effective by being taken within the right time frame.  It further supports a woman to consider her future use of contraception, her risk of sexually transmitted infections and help with any other sexual health questions she may have.  The consultation is free and unconnected to the cost of the product. We fully support NHS schemes that allow women to access emergency contraception free of charge through community pharmacy and would like to see wider roll out of these services across the country.”  

RPS spokesperson Neal Patel MRPharmS explained to SKY News this morning why it's good to have a consultation with a pharmacist when buying emergency contraception: