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GPs favourite for Levonelle

Allowing pharmacists to sell emergency contraception did not cut

GP workload last year, official data reveal.

The Office for National Statistics data show the GP or practice nurse is still the most popular source for obtaining Levonelle, with 44 per cent of women visiting their surgery to obtain it. Only 33 per cent of women opted to buy it over the counter.

The figures published last week show GP workload has levelled off

after an initial fall when the drug

became available from pharmacies.

The proportion of women seeking Levonelle from their GP practice dropped from 59 to 43 per cent in the first year it was available over the counter.

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