Morning After Pill Without Prescription / Emergency Contraception
February 16th - The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) today strongly welcomed the decision by the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) to allow Norlevo, one brand of Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) to be made available from the pharmacist without a prescription. The IPU, on behalf of community pharmacists, has repeatedly called for this step. This is a landmark decision for women and an important one for Irish pharmacy as a profession.
Kathy Maher, Meath-based pharmacist and member of the IPU’s Executive Committee said: “Women in Ireland will now have prompt access to Emergency Hormonal Contraception. Community pharmacists are healthcare professionals with the skills and competence to dispense this medicine to patients, where appropriate and to provide relevant advice. Patient safety and personal sensitivity are paramount. As a profession we are committed and capable of delivering appropriate care for our patients.”