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Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

Boots, part of USA -listed Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA.O), was criticised by health campaigners and lawmakers after refusing to cut the cost of the emergency contraception pill, saying it could be accused of "incentivising inappropriate use".

The letter said: "The justification given by Boots for maintaining the high price was that it did not want to face complaints or to incentivise the use of emergency contraceptive".

The bad news? Boots still charges £28.25 for Levonelle emergency contraceptive and £26.75 for its own generic version.

Campaigners from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service demanded a price cut after they claimed that British women pay up to five times more than their European neighbours.

It has recently come to light that high street chemist Boots have been charging higher prices for emergency contraception compared to other retailers.

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A spokesperson for Boots was unavailable for further comment at the time of writing.

But the branded drug costs £13.50 at Tesco and a generic version is £13.49 in Superdrug.

Bpas wrote to high street retailers past year asking them to slash prices to bring them into line with Europe.

Previously, Boots had defended its pricing plan for the pill, saying it was often contacted by individuals who criticise the company for providing the service.

"British women have been paying up to £30 for a pill which costs a fraction of that to produce".

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He continued: "The consultation also helps the pharmacists offer important sexual healthcare advice to women and helps us to prevent emergency contraception from being misused or overused".

"For affordable emergency contraception to be truly accessible to the majority of women, it needs to be available at Boots".

United Kingdom chemist Boots has apologised for its comments over the "sexist surcharge" on the morning-after pill, after saying it was avoiding "incentivising inappropriate use" by keeping the price high.

Many women experience adverse side effects when taking the morning-after pill - among them, heavy bleeding and stomach cramps.

"Boots' approach to this concern is indicative of a society that prioritises profit over women's health and wellbeing".

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The pharmacist added that the morning after pill is a "professional healthcare service which, we believe, requires a professional health care consultation".


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