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Australian doctors want a register of women buying the emergency pill

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:581
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The proposed sale in Australia of the emergency pill direct to women through pharmacies has sparked more controversy, with the major doctors' group calling for a register of names and addresses.

    The Australian Medical Association, which originally opposed the sale of levonorgestrel without a prescription, now wants women to give their names and contact details to pharmacists before getting the drug.

    But family planning groups claim that the call is a serious invasion of privacy, which could defeat the purpose and lead to unwanted pregnancies.

    The medical …

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