Canada’s drug advisory committee says emergency contraception should be available over the counterBMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39562.549664.DB (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:982
- Barbara Kermode-Scott
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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