EC Status and Availability

United Kingdom

EC ever use among women of reproductive age: 61% (Cameron ST, Gordon R, Glasier A. The effect on use of making emergency contraception available free of charge. Contraception 28 March 2012.)

Registered LNG-EC products:

  • Levonelle 1500* - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)
  • Levonelle One Step* - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)

Registered UPA-EC products:

  • ellaOne* - Available directly from pharmacist without prescription (i.e. BTC)

Products marked with * have been approved by a stringent regulatory authority, such as the WHO Prequalification Programme, the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, or other.

Where at least one type of ECP is available: Public sector clinics, Pharmacies, Schools, Emergency room

Age restrictions for accessing ECPs: Yes

Type of age restriction: Levonorgestrel and UPA may be prescribed by doctors to women of any age who have risked unwanted conception, including those under 16 without parental consent if they are assessed as competent to consent and the prescriber judges that the prescription is in their best interest (Levonogestrel may also be prescribed by specially-trained pharmacists and nurses).

Levonorgestrel may be sold under the supervision of a pharmacist only to women aged 16 or over who have risked unwanted pregnancy and complete a medical-screening questionnaire

Legal/regulatory documents in which EC is included: National FP Norms

Pricing information: LNG: € 6,97, as of 2013; UPA: € 19,75, as of 2013.

Other relevant information: Nurses in the UK may provide and prescribe EC.

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