Bradford EHC service expanded to include ellaOne

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An emergency contraception service delivered by pharmacies in Bradford and Airedale has been expanded to include the option of dispensing ellaOne (ulipristal acetate), when unprotected sexual intercourse has occurred around the middle of a woman’s cycle.

This means the pharmacies can now provide the same range of treatments as other local groups such as GPs and the sexual health service. The local pharmaceutical committee for Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire worked closely with NHS Bradford and Airedale to develop the service extension and provide input into the patient group direction.

Alastair Buxton, head of NHS services at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, said: "With so much uncertainty around local health services at the moment it is heartening to see that in some areas LPC’s hard work is paying off and pharmacy services are still being developed and expanded."  

Citation: The Salvadore DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11116634

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