'Morning-after' Pill Available in Austria Prescription-free

by VR Sreeraman on  December 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
The so-called 'morning-after' pill became available in Austria without prescription for the first time on Friday, the country's health ministry said in a statement.
 'Morning-after' Pill Available in Austria Prescription-free
'Morning-after' Pill Available in Austria Prescription-free

The contraceptive, which can be used up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse, will now be sold in pharmacies to women of all ages, the ministry said.

Previous efforts to relax the law were blocked by Austria's former health minister and Christian Democrat Maria Rauch-Kallat. Her Social Democrat successor Alois Stoeger made it one of his priorities on taking office.

The 'morning-after' pill is already widely on sale without prescription in the majority of European Union countries. Spain introduced a similar measure in September.

Source: AFP

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