Contraceptives

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd July 2019.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to deregulate the sale of the over-the-counter emergency contraceptive pills for women.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government has no specific plans to deregulate the sale of over-the-counter emergency contraceptive pills for women.

Emergency contraceptive pills are currently available without prescription from pharmacies. Any applications to make them available on general sale from other retail outlets would be considered in accordance with the Government’s usual procedures by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

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