Boots Sorry For What?

COUNTRY SQUIRE MAGAZINE

BY AMELIA CROSBY

It was revealed last week that Boots, the largest high street pharmacy in the UK, is selling emergency contraceptive medication at four times the cost price and had refused requests to join a nationwide initiative to cease profiting financially in this way.

It started when the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) backed by the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party wrote to Boots Chief Pharmacist Marc Donovan requesting a reduction in the price of the emergency hormone contraception (EHC), also known as the morning after pill. Marc Donovan’s response to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service was that Boots did not want to be accused of “incentivising inappropriate use” of the EHC.

Labour MPs including Jess Phillips, Yvette Cooper and Harriet Harman wrote an open letter to Boots to condemn its pricing, stating “it is completely unacceptable that British women have been paying £30 for a pill that costs…

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