German Health Committee Rejects Request for OTC LNG EC

On May 15th, the Health Committee of the Bundestag  (German parliament) resolved not to remove the prescription status of LNG EC. The coalition currently in office (CDU and FDP),  turned down the request by the SPD and Die LINKE parties to change LNG to prescription-free status. The political parties that requested the change of status claim that the decision responds to pressures from professional groups and economic interests.

Unlike many other women in Europe, German women at risk of  unwanted pregnancy will continue needing to visit a physician to get a prescription, before they can use EC.