Spain: use of day-after pill up 83% in 2010

It was first year of non-prescription availability

14 December, 16:11

(ANSAmed) - MADRID, DECEMBER 14 - In Spain, the use of the so-called 'day after' contraception pill rose by 83% in 2010, the first year in which women were able to purchase the medication freely in pharmacies, without a doctor's prescription. According to consulting company IMS, as cited in today's El Pais, the increase took off from October 2010 onwards, when the decree liberalising the sale of the pill came into effect. Sales of the pill in 2009 had shown growth of 43% year-on-year. A large part of the increase in sales of the drug, experts say, corresponds to a decrease in its distribution through hospitals and family planning clinics, which is no longer compulsory under the law. Up until 2009, the drug was only available freely from family-planning centres in Andalusia, Cantabria and the Madrid municipality. Experts say talk of 'abuse' of the pill is inappropriate as, according to research by Spain's association for contraception, a mere 0.4% of women aged between 14 and 50 have used the pill more than once a year. (ANSAmed)
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