B S, the British Pregnancy Notice Service said women in the UK y up to £30 for the most basic form of pinch contraception (EC), up to five times more than in other European countries.
The organisation thought one of the reasons for the high prices is the mandatory and ‘embarrassing consultation’ women must go the distance before being sold emergency contraception.
The charity said the earthy health services providing free emergency contraception are facing distresses, which could cause more women to buy emergency contraception to shun unplanned pregnancies.
B S is calling for the contraception to be reclassified as a General On offers List drug to enable it to be sold straight off the shelf without consultation, at a amount women can afford.
It has launched a cam ign today to raise awareness for what it convenes the ‘outrageously’ high price of the contraception in the UK and calls for women to reject what it deems is the ‘deciding sexist surcharge’.
Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy rnetical Service, said: “It is utterly stupid that we have made a medication which ration outs women a second chance of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy so hard to earn.
There is no financial justification for the high price of this pill, nor clinical defence for a consultation before it can be sold.
“People are trusted to use a wide variety of medications rat oned on the shelves of pharmacies in a sensible and appropriate way.
“Emergency contraception should be no se rate.
“It’s time to ditch what is the ultimate sexist surcharge and put emergency contraception where it belongs – on the shelf, at a quotation women can afford.”
Research has found that around one third of British chicks have had unprotected sex in the last 12 months, and the majority – 67 per cent – did not use EC.
British mates y up to £30 for the contraception, which is more than anywhere else in Europe with the quirk make of Ireland.
In France, the equivalent product costs around £6.
A spokesman for B S conveyed: “While a number of factors influence the high price, the fact that lasses must undergo a consultation before being allowed EC – even albeit there are no circumstances where it would be unsafe – is one reason why the price is so towering.
“There are no contraindications to the use of progestogen-only EC and indeed it is considerably safer than multifarious other medications available without consultation from the shelf, involving inkillers, Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) and digestive medications adulate proton pump inhibitors.”
Emergency contraception is available for free from GPs and procreant health clinics, but some people argue this is not a practical opportunity for many women.
Appointments are can be hard to obtain and services increasingly confined amid cuts to public spending.
Experts said there is no clinical figure out for a woman to consult with a healthcare professional before she obtains difficulty contraception, unless she wishes to.
B S is calling on the De rtment of Health to set afloat an urgent review of retail access to EC in order to ensure women experience affordable, straightforward access to it.