MPs support campaign to let chemists sell morning after pill

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DOZENS OF MPs yesterday backed a campaign to make emergency contraception available over-the-counter from pharmacists.

The move came as the manufacturer of the morning after pill, Schering Health Care Ltd, announced it was prepared to make the pills more widely available and was in negotiations with the Department of Health.

Yesterday Liberal Democrat MP Dr Jenny Tonge, a former family-planning doctor, tabled an early day motion calling for emergency contraception to be available from pharmacists without a prescription that has been signed by 54 cross-party MPs.

The MPs said Schering's plans should be investigated.