Ottawa, Canada, May 30, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The Canadian government announced that it intends to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription across the country.
Currently, the morning-after pill is available from a pharmacist without a prescription in only three provinces – British Columbia, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
Health Minister Pierre Pettigrew announced May 18 that the change is being made to help prevent unwanted pregnancies.
“The fact that the drug would be available ‘behind-the-counter’ means that women would have timely access to the drug and receive professional health advice regarding its use,’ Pettigrew said, reported Canwest News Service.