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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