Dedicated EC pills already in Malta
(December 16, 2016) As of December 14, 2016, and for the first time in the history of Malta, dedicated emergency contraceptive pills are available for purchase behind the counter in Maltese pharmacies. UPA EC pills are already on the market, and LNG pills are expected in the coming weeks.
Untill 2016, Malta was the only European Union country that had no dedicated EC pills registered nor available in the local market. In June 2016 the Women’s Rights Foundation filled a judicial protest to request access to emergency contraception. In October 17th, the Malta Medicines Authority announced that the sale of EC pills would be allowed without a prescription, in order to ensure quality, safety and efficacy of the treatment.
Women in Malta now will have emergency contraception accessible to them as in the rest of the European Union, except for Hungary, the only country of the EU that still requieres a prescription for both LNG and UPA EC pills. We will update our Malta country page soon.