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Boots UK will make two progestogen-only contraceptive pills available at its pharmacies without a prescription

08 July 2021
News Healthcare
  • Boots hails reclassification of the progestogen-only pill as a landmark moment for women
  • Hana and Lovima will be available over the counter in Boots pharmacies nationwide
  • Patients can access the contraceptives after having a private chat with a Boots pharmacist

Boots UK has announced that progestogen-only contraceptive pills Hana and Lovima will soon be available without a prescription from its pharmacies across the UK and on boots.com.

The announcement follows the reclassification of the two progestogen-only pills – widely known as the ‘mini pill’ – from prescription only medicines to pharmacy medicines, allowing them to be available over the counter.

The UK’s leading health and beauty retailer has hailed the MHRA’s decision as one of the most important milestones for women’s heath in decades, 60 years after the invention of modern birth control. 

Bernadette Lavery, Pharmacy Director at Boots UK, said: “The reclassification of the progestogen-only pill is a landmark moment in the history of women’s health in the UK, making contraception more accessible. Boots has been supporting and empowering women for over 170 years, and this continues as we make these medicines available without a prescription in the coming weeks.”

At Boots, Hana will be priced at £9.95 for a one-month pack and £21.95 for a three-month pack.  Lovima will be priced at £14.99 for a one-month pack and £29.99 for a three-month pack. Women will be able to access the contraceptives from Boots after having a private chat with a pharmacist, who will advise if it is suitable for them.

Pharmacists across Boots UK’s network of over 2,300 stores can also offer holistic sexual health and family planning advice to women and men, including finding the right method of contraception.

*If purchasing via boots.com patients will be required to fill out information in an online form. Subject to clinical review and pharmacist approval.

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Boots UK is the largest pharmacy-led health and beauty chain in the UK and its purpose is to champion everyone’s right to feel good. With 2,336* stores and a team of around 52,000* colleagues, of which approximately 6,600* are registered pharmacists, the Boots brand has been at the heart of local communities across the UK since 1849. Boots UK is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care and being the first choice for pharmacy, beauty, healthcare and wellness, alongside offering its innovative portfolio of product brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin.

Boots UK is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) – a global leader in retail pharmacy, impacting millions of lives every day through dispensing medicines, and providing accessible, high-quality care. More company information is available at boots-uk.com.

*As of Aug. 31, 2020