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Seven days in medicine: 19-25 July 2017

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 27 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3590

Emergency contraception

Boots reviews prices after criticism

The pharmacy chain Boots apologised for causing offence and agreed to re-examine its prices for the morning-after pill, after initially refusing to lower its charges of £28.25 (€31.60; $36.80) for Levonelle and £26.75 for its own generic version on the grounds that this may incentivise inappropriate use. Progestogen based emergency contraception can cost five times more in the UK than elsewhere in Europe, so the British Pregnancy Advisory Service wrote to retailers asking them to lower their prices.


Changing legal gender will be made easier

The UK government plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to make the process of changing legal gender easier. Currently, people must have gender dysphoria diagnosed, apply for a gender recognition certificate from a judicial body, and provide evidence that they have been in transition for at least two years. Stonewall, a charity that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) people, said that the act had been ground breaking but needed reform so that the process was not “medicalised, intrusive or demeaning.”

Blood donation rules change

From early 2018, men who have sex with men, …

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