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Santiago Court of Appeals bans Postinal

April 2001

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1517185.stm

from http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0912/p01s04-woam.html:
Santiago Court of Appeals prohibited the distribution and sale of the pharmaceutical Postinal

Institute of Public Health OKs Postinor-2

August 24, 2001

WHICH PHARMACIES?
WHAT MONTH DID THEY START SELLING?
ANY INFO ON WHERE IN CHILE?

for sale in private pharmacies

Date according to WHJ paper

from Santiago Times article on sluggish sales:
"Sales of Postinor 2, the contraceptive commonly known as "the morning after pill," have been slow during its first two weeks on the market. Grunenthal Pharmaceuticals, the company that produces the pill, reports that since its Sept. 12 launch only 100 pills have been sold. Market analysts speculate the controversy surrounding the pill's distribution has inhibited sales."

from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/26/AR2006092600770.html:
"The morning-after pill became legal in Chile in 2002 after a Supreme Court battle, and two-pill packages sell in pharmacies for $22. But the government says that price is beyond the reach of poorer women. It noted that 3,954 packages of the pills were sold over 12 months in five affluent Santiago districts, and just 344 in five poorer ones."


from http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/050401/chiles-pols-battle-over-emergency-contraception#.UVJRRhfCaSp:
About 18,000 doses sold in pharmacies in 2004.

and

from 2005 NotiSur article:
sales of Postinor-2 going up 80% between 2002 and 2004. Sales rose from 10,000 between January 2002 and January 2003 to 18,000 last year.

Supreme Court upholds ban on Postinal

August 30, 2001

http://ipsnews2.wpengine.com/2001/08/rights-chile-ban-on-morning-after-pill-stirs-up-legal-arena/

Note: "In the Argentine city of Mendoza, a six-hour bus ride from Santiago, Imediat is sold without prescription, a drug based on levonorgestrel, at a price equivalent to 18 dollars for two pills, reported the Chilean daily ‘La Tercera’ Thursday."

Santiago pharmacies start selling Postinor-2

September 12, 2001

Various challenges to EC pill legalization

December 2001 - November 2005

Chile approves free EC pill to rape victims

April 1, 2004

from http://www.economist.com/node/7925036?story_id=7925036:
"[2006 article] For several years now, the private health services, used by better-off Chileans, have been prescribing the morning-after pill to teenagers even without their parents' consent, while the national health service, catering for poorer Chileans, is still restricting its use to rape victims."


from NotiSur article:
"The government had announced that after May 15 the medicine would be delivered to women at basic health clinics, even if the women were minors, if they sought to avoid a pregnancy caused by rape."


Actual date from ST article http://santiagotimes.cl/chile/other/4656-EXPERTS-ASSURE-MORNING-AFTER-PILL-IS-NOT-ABORTIVE

Sub-secretary of health announces plans for free EC pill, is fired

March 8, 2005

Supreme Court legalizes EC pill

November 28, 2005

Some private pharmacies stop selling EC pill

2006

IS THIS TRUE?
WHERE?
WHAT MONTH?
WHICH PRIVATE PHARMACIES? I FOUND SOMETHING THAT SAYS THERE ARE 3 MAIN PHARMACIES THAT CONTROL THE MARKET

Free EC program

September 2, 2006 - April 18, 2008

http://www.ipsnews.net/2008/04/chile-thousands-protest-ban-on-quotmorning-afterquot-pill/

Distributed free of charge to girls at least 14 at government-run health centers, no parental notification required (previously sold only at private pharmacies or given for free from government-run clinics to rape victims).


from http://womensenews.org/story/reproductive-health/080131/chiles-morning-after-pill-hits-access-battle#.UVI8QRfCaSo:
"Pharmacies sell the pill for about $20 and are obligated by law to offer it."


Ended by Chile's Constitutional Court, which cannot be appealed

Any information on WHERE they first started giving the pill out would be good.

Temporary ban on pill to women <19 w/o parent consent

September 13, 2006

36 socially conservative legislators file suit to ban EC pill

March 2007

Chile fines 3 pharma companies for not providing pill

October 2007

from ST article http://santiagotimes.cl/chile/human-rights-a-law/13363-CHILE-%E2%80%9CMORNING-AFTER-PILL%E2%80%9D-BAN-NOT-AS-EXTENSIVE-AS-FEARED:

In October, 2007, Santiago’s Regional Health Ministry announced it would fine the Salcobrand, Farmacias Ahumada and Cruz Verde pharmacy chains approximately Ch$34 million pesos (US$77,560) each for not complying with government regulations that mandate the pill’s availability (ST, Oct. 31, 2007).

Salcobrand executives had refused to sell the pill based on ethical objections, while Cruz Verde and Farmacias Ahumada later said they were not able to stock the pill because of administrative difficulties (ST, Nov. 8, 2007).

Midwives cannot prescribe EC pill

September 2010