However, as morning after pills
are available from pharmacists and other locations the true figure is likely to be higher.
It's impossible to say how many unwanted pregnancies have been avoided because the morning after pill
is available for free.
But perhaps one of the consequences of this seems to be an increase in girls tuning to the morning after pill
," she said.
Mr Wells said: "It is difficult to know how the PCT can justify such public expenditure when there is no evidence to support the idea that making the morning after pill
freely available to young teenagers in local pharmacies will make the slightest difference to teenage pregnancy rates.
Overall, seven per cent of women had used the morning after pill
in the year prior to interview, a similar proportion to that observed in previous years
Any woman who requests the morning after pill
must be asked a series of questions to make sure government guidelines are met.
Women could think 'I can take the morning after pill
so I won't bother with a condom'.
The morning after pill
helps prevent pregnancy if taken with 72 hours of failed contraceptive use.
While a vast majority of pharmacists believe that they should have the authority to refuse filling prescriptions for the morning after pill
, they are split regarding whether they should be required to refer consumers to a pharmacist who will fill the prescription," commented Glenn Kessler, co-founder and managing partner, HCD Research.
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THE morning after pill
, under the brand name Levonelle, has been available over the counter at pharmacies since 2001 and costs about pounds 25.
Pharmacist Aleysha Begum, a temp filling in for the normal chemist, refused point blank to prescribe the morning after pill
saying she was morally and religiously against it.