A health charity claims that pharmacies in the UK are over-charging women for morning-after pills.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said by charging as much as £26 for the pill, pharmacies were “ripping” women off because an online pharmacy, Dr Fox, had reduced the price of progestogen-based emergency contraception to just £3.
Dr Fox’s website says 1-2 doses of Levonorgestrel (generic Levonelle) 1.5 mg are available to buy from £3.00.
The charity argued “the sale of the morning-after pill for £3 illustrates just how cheap this medication is, but women are still having to pay vastly over the odds for this pill at their time of need.”
Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at BPAS said: “We believe emergency contraception belongs on the shelf of the pharmacy, not hidden away at the back, accessible only after a consultation.
“The progestogen pill is extremely safe, can be used as often as needed, and gives women a second chance of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy that may risk their physical and mental health. There is simply no reason why we should restrict access in the way we do when the stakes for women are so high – women know when they need it and should be trusted to use it.”