New ‘morning after’ pill stops pregnancy for up to a week

By Ross Davidson

Published: 15/02/2010

A new “morning after” pill that can prevent pregnancy for nearly a week after unprotected sex has been approved for use across Scotland.

The drug, ulipristal acetate (UA), provides a contraception “window” of up to five days, compared with three for the traditional emergency pill, levonorgestrel.

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) approved the pill for use by NHS Scotland after research showed it more than halved the risk of pregnancy compared with the 72-hour pill.

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