ECP advice gap an opportunity for pharmacists

The rate of unwanted pregnancies among young Australian women continues to rise, despite high rates of contraceptive use and readily-available emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs), family planning experts say.

Commentary published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, by pharmacy and public health academics, noted that since ECPs moved to over-the-counter availability in 2004, the rate at which emergency contraception problems were managed at GP encounters significantly declined.