Friday 15 December 2017

Cost of morning-after pill to be cut from Monday

Woman taking the morning-after pill.
Woman taking the morning-after pill.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

High street pharmacy chain Boots is to drop the price of the morning after pill from Monday.

The price of the emergency contraception will be cut by €11 - from €35 to €24 on Monday, the Times Ireland Edition reports.

Last July, Boots slashed the price of the morning after pill Levonelle in the UK but said it had no plans to do the same here.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) called on Boots to reduce the price tag on the emergency contraceptive when it found the progestogen-based pills can cost up to five times more in the UK than other parts of Europe.

Boots said its price tag was based on the cost of the medicine and the consultation the pharmacists carries out with women, but it is “committed” to finding less expensive versions of the tablet.

However, it will now offer a generic brand of the pill for a cheaper price in Ireland.

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