Plan B comes out from behind the counter

Eggertson, Laura
June 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/17/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 13, p1645
Academic Journal
The article reports on the sale of the contraceptive levonorgestrel (Plan B) in Canada. The contraceptive has been approved by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities to be sold on the shelves of drug stores and no longer requires prescription. Previously women had to consult with pharmacists on the drug which raised privacy issues. The increased access to the contraceptive has the potential to lower its price. The approval was met with opposition from the Canadian Pharmacy Association and the Canadian Association of Chain Drugstores which argues that consultations are important for the health of women.


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