Canada’s drug advisory committee says emergency contraception should be available over the counter

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:982
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Calgary

Canadian women are one step closer to being able to get the emergency contraceptive levonorgestrel over the counter without a prescription or counselling by a pharmacist.

Currently a woman in Canada who wishes to have levonorgestrel for emergency contraception can either seek a prescription from a doctor or buy it in a pharmacy after a consultation with a pharmacist. (Emergency contraception has “behind the counter” status, similar to “pharmacy only” status in the United Kingdom.)

Paladin Labs, a Canadian specialty drug company, applied for full over the counter status for …

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