Clinical: Viewpoint - Access to contraception via community pharmacy

Bissell, Paul
March 2006
GP: General Practitioner;3/24/2006, p45
This article presents views of the author on the access to contraception through community pharmacies in Great Britain. In response to concerns about unwanted and teenage pregnancies, a series of developments aimed at enhancing access to emergency contraception (EC) have been put forward. Access to EC via community pharmacies has been a key element in this. From 1999 onwards, accredited pharmacies in Greater Manchester began to supply free EC to requesting users, using patient group directions protocols. Similar schemes now operate in other parts of Great Britain. Use of pharmacy-based EC services has been described in controversial terms by some media.


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