Chemco Pharmacy along with others are pushing to provide a free contraception service to women in chemists around the country which will be funded by the State.

If the proposal is accepted the pill, patches and rings would be made available free and without a prescription.

 

The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) proposal made to the Department of Health stipulates that pharmacists would have to get extra training along international guidelines to be able to supply free hormonal contraceptives to women.

 

If given permission to roll out the service, all women would be offered access to contraception under a system similar to that used to provide patients with the flu jab without a doctor’s referral.

Approximately 12% of women in Ireland are using long-acting contraception – however that proportion would be likely to rise somewhat if the cost barrier was removed.