Boots cuts cost of morning-after tablet opposite UK

Chemist follows Tesco and Superdrug’s lead on bonus after initial refusal

Mon 29 Jan 2018

Last mutated on Mon 29 Jan 2018

Levonorgestrel is sole underneath a series of code names, including Plan B.
Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Boots has reduced a cost of a morning-after tablet in all a UK stores after unwell to accommodate a aim of a full rollout of a bonus by Oct 2017. The move, that has been hailed as a “great win for women”, follows a debate from a British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a heading provider of termination care.

The gift wrote to retailers in open 2017 seeking them to cruise charity a some-more affordable product after it was suggested that British women were profitable adult to 5 times as most as their European peers for a contraceptive.

Tesco and Superdrug agreed, though Boots sparked debate when it pronounced it would not reduce a cost of a general code of puncture hormonal contraception (EHC), levonorgestrel, as it did not wish to be indicted of “incentivising inapt use”. Campaigners pronounced a matter was scornful and sexist and Boots eventually relented, observant the cost would drop from £26.75 to £15.99 from October.

However, a chemist faced serve critique when it emerged a bonus was usually accessible in only 38 of a 2,400 branches nationwide. Boots pronounced a check was due to low batch as a outcome of “batch failure”.

On Monday, a mouthpiece for a pharmacy sequence said: “We’d like to appreciate a business for their patience. It was always a goal to safeguard that when we launched this use it was finished well, and with sufficient, tolerable supply so that women would be means to entrance it both now and in a future.”

A BPAS orator said: “We are gay that Boots has finally followed many other retailers and is now offered puncture contraception for £15.99, roughly a year after we initial wrote to them seeking for a rebate in a arrogant prices. This is good news for women.”

They combined they would be stability their debate as “even during these significantly reduce prices, puncture contraception stays some-more costly in a UK than many other European countries, and is still twice a cost of what women in France are charged”.

Sharon Hodgson MP welcomed Boots fulfilling a joining and concluded some-more could be finished to boost access.

She said: “The subsequent step is to safeguard this critical use is accessible to each lady during her internal pharmacy giveaway on a NHS by eradicating a postcode lottery that exists during benefaction and demeanour during ways to mislay a cost separator all together.”

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