Women will soon be able to get the morning after pill delivered to their home or office
A new courier service will enable women to get the morning after pill delivered to them within two hours.
Rather than organising to see their GP, women will have the option of filling out an online form through the internet medical practice DrEd.com and obtaining the drugs for £20.
But critics are concerned the ease of getting the morning after pill will encourage underage sex and a lack of care with the service allowing women to pre-order pills for the following morning.
‘Emergency contraception works better the sooner you take it,’ argues DrEd founder, Amit Khutti. ‘So having it delivered within two hours will make it more likely to be effective.’
The courier service is due to begin in London this month and will extend around the UK if it proves successful.
‘Socially, some people are still put off by having to answer questions face-to-face about why they need emergency contraception,’ says Mr Khutti.
Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley has voiced his concerns about the scheme saying he would prefer pills to be issued after a face-to-face consultation with medical professionals.