The Ministry of Health in Luxembourg announced on March 17 that UPA EC is available in pharmacies without a prescription since February 1, 2015. Click here to read Ministry statement. We have also been informed that UPA EC pills will be available for direct purchase in pharmacies in the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain in the coming weeks This is also likely to be the case in Germany, according to the news.
In Italy on March 10, the Consiglio Superiore di Sanità (CSS) recommended not to remove the prescription requirement for UPA EC. It is now up to the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) to issue a regulation after the CSS’s technical opinion. Click here for additional information. The Consiglio’s technical opinion also included the recommendation to request a pregnancy test only when a pregnancy is suspected. Until today, Italy has been the only country we know of where a pregnancy test is mandatory before prescribing UPA EC.