We are disappointed but not surprised that @BootsUK has rejected calls from MPs, campaigners, and women’s healthcare bodies to retain a fairer price for emergency contraception. Today, Boots are charging between £15.99 and £56.50 (!!!!) for this essential medication.
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@BootsUK ran a “Black Friday” 50% discount on emergency hormonal contraception, allowing women to purchase the generic version Levonorgestrel 1500mcg for £8 from their website. However, the price has now increased back to £15.99.
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Women needing levonorgestrel EC who have a BMI of over 26, weigh more than 11 stone, & those on certain medications, must purchase a double dose pack. This costs £31.98 for the generic and £56.50 for the branded version. That's almost £60 to prevent unplanned pregnancy.
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@BootsUK had the opportunity to show a commitment to the reproductive wellbeing of the communities they serve, but sadly this has not been taken.
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Given that during the festive period NHS contraceptive services may be harder to access, we urge women to look at obtaining an advance supply of emergency contraception, so they are not forced to pay eye-watering sums in an emergency.
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A coalition of Labour MPs, led by @DianaJohnsonMP, wrote to the Managing Director of @BootsUK imploring them to lead the way and scrap the sexist surcharge on emergency contraception. Boots has not yet responded.
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The current trade price of the branded version of emergency contraception, Levonelle, starts at £6.42. Boots sell this essential medication for £28.25. Across all the major high-street chains, there is clearly an eye-watering mark-up.

4:59 PM · Dec 2, 2021

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