Boots has been accused of refusing to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills for fear of criticism from campaigners. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which provides abortion care, wants Boots and other pharmacies to reduce the cost of emergency contraception Levonelle. Boots told the BPAS it wanted to avoid "incentivising inappropriate use". The company said it was "disappointed by the focus" BPAS had taken. Currently, the progestogen-based drug Levonelle costs £28.25 in Boots, and its non-branded equivalent is £26.75.
Boots has said it is "truly sorry" for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills. The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding "incentivising inappropriate use". It now says it is looking for cheaper alternatives to the Levonelle brand. The firm said it "sincerely" apologised for its "poor choice of words" over the emergency contraception pricing. The progestogen-based drug Levonelle costs £28.25 in Boots, with a non-branded equivalent priced at £26.75.
An online pharmacy is planning to use drones to deliver the morning-after pill and Viagra following successful UK trials. MedExpress is in talks with the independent regulator for pharmacy services to dispatch medicines and the contraceptive nationwide. The company says the service will be particularly useful for people living in remote areas. They have offered assurances that the products will be delivered discreetly with purchases details blacked out on sales records and bank accounts. One challenge MedExpress faces is delivering medication safely and at temperatures that do not interfere with the drugs' effectiveness.
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