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Most British Pharmacists Support the Morning-After Pill

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"There is no national policy on who can prescribe the morning-after pill," says Michael Burnhill, MD, vice president of medical affairs for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "Nurses and pharmacists are licensed to prescribe emergency contraception in some states. But I would not be surprised if it's available without a prescription in the next five years." Burnhill says two morning-after pills are currently approved for use in the U.S.

"PREVEN was the first and is a combination of estrogen and norgestrel, a synthetic type of progesterone. Plan B is fairly new and contains only norgestrel, which reduces nausea and vomiting significantly. And research conducted by the World Health Organization indicates that it may also be more effective."

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