British Columbians will have greater access to the new abortion pill when it comes on the market as early as next month.
The two regulatory bodies overseeing doctors and pharmacists in the province have agreed to allow pharmacists to dispense the pill, despite Health Canada guidelines that only doctors should hand it out.
UBC health researcher Wendy Norman says it will mean greater access to options for women to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
“I think that in B.C. women will have excellent access now to providers, particularly in rural and remote areas that will be able to undertake the prescription of this medication because local pharmacies will be able to dispense it.”
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Norman says she praises the move.
“When we realized the restrictions that this regulation would cause for access to women to be able to access this normal reproductive health procedure, we brought this evidence to the regulators for their consideration.”
Norman says many doctors’ offices are not equipped to dispense medication, likely discouraging physicians from offering their patients the abortion pill.