Juliet Walker: What’s new on bmj.com

Juliet Walker‘Should the contraceptive pill be available without prescription?’ is the subject of this week’s head to head. Daniel Grossman argues in favour of this policy, whilst Sarah Jarvis argues that it will not be an effective way of reducing unwanted pregnancies. The debate has received extensive media coverage recently following the news that two primary care trusts in London are to be part of a pilot scheme where pharmacists will be able to provide women with the pill.

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  • In my opinion, it would be advisable that women could be told by Competent Authority if they are involved by cancer Predispoosition (i.e., Oncological Terrain “and” Inherited Real Risk of malignancy in a biological system (or more), rather than providing them with contraceptive pill, as suggested by http://www.nature.com

  • I think its true that the risks of contraceptive pills are perhaps a little poorly known; but compared to the relative risk of adverse medical events in pregnancy, does it matter so much?