Lloydspharmacy makes morning after pill available in advance of need
Released on: March 27, 2009, 8:22 am
Lloydspharmacy has become the first major healthcare brand to
offer women the 'Morning After Pill' in advance of need.
The online service is aimed at women who are concerned that they may not be able to
access the treatment, also known as Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC), when
they need it, such as whilst travelling or during weekends and bank holidays. The
new service is also ideal for women who may be anxious about visiting a pharmacy or
their local GP for this type of medication.
The service is available through Lloydspharmacy as
part of an online partnership between the pharmacy and the Healthcare Commission
regulated online health expert DrThom.
"With the emergency pill, time is of the essence," said Clare Kerr, Head of Clinical Services at
Lloydspharmacy, "The treatment is up to 95 per cent effective when taken 24 hours
after sex but that reduces to 85 per cent in the following 24 hours and dips to 58
per cent in the next 24 hours."
"Most women know that the morning after pill can be taken up to three days after sex," she said, "but our pharmacists tell us
that many women are unaware of the fact that effectiveness reduces during that
The Lloydspharmacy online service is explicitly not aimed at women who have just had
unprotected sex. They are advised to visit their pharmacist or GP straight away.
There is a 72 hour delay in despatching treatments to discourage women from using
the service in this way.
The online pharmacy service will not
knowingly be made available to patients under the age of 18 and treatments will only
be despatched to the person whose name is on the credit or debit card used to make
the payment online.
Women must fill in a comprehensive online medical questionnaire which is reviewed by
DrThom before treatment can be prescribed and dispensed by post. Women are able to
access advice from a DrThom GP using their confidential online patient record.
"Unplanned pregnancy is an issue that can affect all sexually active women,
including those in long term relationships," said Clare Kerr. According to the
British Pregnancy Advisory Service, one in three women in the UK will have an
abortion by the time they are 45 and about 30 per cent of all pregnancies are
"We hope that our new service will go some way to reducing the number of unplanned
pregnancies and will help alleviate some of the anxiety women feel after they've
had unprotected sex or a condom has split," Claire concluded.
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Lloydspharmacy has around 1700 pharmacies across the UK. These are based
predominantly in community and health centre locations. The company employs over
16,000 staff and dispenses over 145 million prescription items annually.
Lloydspharmacy is the trading name of Lloydspharmacy Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Celesio AG based in Stuttgart. Celesio is the leading pharmaceutical distribution
company in Europe and is represented in 16 countries. With its three divisions,
Celesio Wholesale, Celesio Pharmacies and Celesio Solutions, the group covers the
entire scope of pharmaceutical trade and pharmaceutical-related services.
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