EC pills to remain prescription-only in Hungary

Despite the fact that the European Commission recently ruled that ulipristal acetate (UPA) EC pills could be accessible directly from pharmacies without the need for a prescription, the Hungarian State Secretariat for Health has indicated that all EC pills will remain prescription-only. The Secretariat claims to base this decision out of patient safety concerns, and because, in its opinion, in Hungary the safe use of this product can only be ensured through the combined presence of a pharmacist and medical care. This concern is not supported by current scientific research and evidence. Visit the The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) website, to follow advocacy efforts underway to revert this decision.