Gynecologists criticize: pharmacist advice on pill afterwards is not sufficient

Gynecologists criticize: pharmacist advice on pill afterwards is not sufficient

Gynecologists criticize inadequate pharmacist advice after the pill
The so-called "morning-after pill" has been available over the counter in pharmacies for around a year. Sales of this drug have increased significantly since then. However, the professional association of gynecologists is now criticizing that advice in pharmacies is not sufficient. The Federal Chamber of Pharmacists sees it differently.

More preparations have been sold since the prescription-free formula
Since March last year, the pill has been available without a prescription in pharmacies. Sales figures show: More and more women have been using emergency contraception since they had no prescription. Gynecologists have now accused pharmacists of not adequately educating women about the effects of the pill afterwards. The prescription-free formula would sell more emergency contraceptive preparations after unprotected sex, according to a message from the dpa news agency. However, according to statistics, the proportion that remains ineffective is higher than before, Christian Albring, President of the Professional Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told the German Press Agency. "Obviously, essential counseling content is not conveyed with the necessary urgency in the pharmacy."

Gynecologists warned of release
Since mid-March 2015, girls and women have not only received the pill on prescription and after a consultation with a doctor, but can also buy it directly in pharmacies without a prescription. Before the prescription-free decision was made, health experts had warned of potential risks from releasing the pill afterwards. Gynecologists had already pointed out at the time that the necessary detailed advice imposed on pharmacists could not be provided in the customer consultation. According to doctors, the preparations massively intervene in the hormonal balance of the women. Various side effects such as headache, dizziness, lower abdominal pain, bleeding, nausea and vomiting have also been reported. The drug is similar to the conventional "anti-baby pill", but the concentrations of the active ingredients are dosed many times higher.

Pharmacists Association sees no security problems
According to dpa, the Federal Pharmacy Chamber had already declared in mid-February that the demand for the new regulation had logically increased. However, she also said: “The pharmacists provide intensive advice. And so far we have not been able to identify any security problems. ”The Federal Statistical Office only recently reported that around 99,200 abortions had been reported last year. That is 0.5 percent less than in the previous year. A long-standing trend is said to have continued - the number has been falling steadily since 2004.

Years of abortion decline stopped
This development was interpreted differently by the gynecological association. The year-long decline in abortions continued in the first quarter of 2015, but then stopped. In the second to fourth quarters, there were more abortions than in the previous year, according to the doctors. "The only temporal connection that we see here is the fact that both emergency contraceptives have been available without a prescription in the pharmacy since mid-March," said Albring. According to the pharmacists' association, sales of the pill skyrocketed after approval and had been fairly constant at around 60,000 packs a month since the summer. In the month before the prescription was released, the volume was just over 38,000 units sold. (ad)

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