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New law to make it easier for medical card holders to get morning after pill

New law to make it easier for medical card holders to get morning after pill

From the 1st of July medical card holders will no longer have to get a doctor’s prescription to get the morning after pill.

Health Minster Simon Harris signed the change into law yesterday, meaning that medical card holders can get emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) over the counter at pharmacies throughout Ireland without the additional stress of visiting a doctor.

 

Minister Harris said: This is an important public health measure and will remove any barrier to medical card paritents getting timely treatment from their local pharmacy.

“This is about equity of access for all our citizens.

“From next month medical card holders will be able to obtain EHC directly from a pharmacy, free of charge, without having to go to their GP for a prescription first.