Emergency contraception has been high on the news agenda recently due to a campaign by the BPAS, focusing on its price and questioning the need for consultation. The latest news that the morning after pill is sold online for £4.99 sparked some concerns.
Neal Patel, RPS Spokesperson 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.”
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