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# Morning After Pill

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Morning after pill available to all medical card holders without prescription from today
Up until 2011, anyone who needed emergency contraception had to attend a doctor in order to get a prescription.
Morning after pill: Medical card holders to get access without prescription
Pharmacists have argued that prescription requirements limited medical card holders’ access to the contraceptive.
Irish women can now buy the most effective morning-after pill without a prescription
EllaOne can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex.
Poll: Should women with medical cards be able to get the morning after pill free without a GP visit?
Pharmacists think they should…
Pharmacists want women with medical cards to have easier access to the morning after pill
They want medical card holders to be able to get the pill over the counter without having to go to a doctor first.
13 bizarre vending machines from around the world
Who needs crisps and fizzy drinks when you can get live crabs, crack pipes and morning after pills?
Can a woman's weight affect the success of the morning-after pill?
The EU is to investigate if emergency contraception is less effective in women weighing 80kg or more.
Column: What you don’t know about emergency contraception (and why it might hurt you)
Revelations that emergency contraceptives were bring sold without a warning that their effectiveness could be compromised in women of a certain weight underlines the lack of holistic education about contraception and sexual health, writes Alison Begas.
Monday is the most common day women request the morning-after pill
While Dublin and Cork City are the most popular places for morning after pill consultations.
US court orders wider access for morning after pill regardless of age
The judge ruled that current restrictions requiring teens to obtain a prescription were “politically motivated” and “scientifically unjustified”.
HSE costs for morning after pill fall
The drop in reimbursement is being explained by the availability of the pill over the counter – one brand became available OTC in pharmacies in February 2011.
The Daily Fix: Saturday
In today’s Daily Fix: Video of Bin Laden watching video of himself; a reduction on Ireland’s bailout interest rate; cheaper rail fares, David Beckham in a car accident; and an incredible new flexible phone.
Average age of women requesting morning after pill is 23 years - survey
Survery by the Irish Pharmacy Union says that 85 per cent of pharmacists polled have been asked for the drug since mid-February.
Free emergency contraception costs HSE €350K
Medical Independent obtains figures which reveal the cost of free emergency contraception to the Health Service Executive.
Poll: Should the morning after pill be available over the counter in all pharmacies?
Let us know what you think.
Boots to sell 'morning after' pill over the counter
The chain pharmacy will sell the emergency contraceptive over the counter, without prescriptions, from Wednesday.