MAP made avail­able thanks to PN MPs – Simon Busut­til

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The con­tro­ver­sial in­tro­duc­tion of the morn­ing-af­ter pill, only by pre­scrip­tion, was the re­sult of a ‘bal­anced com­pro­mise’ reached in the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee which found it­self split over the is­sue if the pill should be made avail­able over the counter, as in most coun­tries, or whether it should be given only by pre­scrip­tion.

Re­ply­ing to ques­tions sent by this news­room fol­low­ing a re­port in The Times of Malta that the Op­po­si­tion Leader Simon Busut­til is against over-the­counter MAP, Dr Busut­til stressed that he per­son­ally agrees with the con­clu­sions reached by the Medicines Author­ity that MAP should be avail­able over the counter, but a com­pro­mise had to be reached oth­er­wise the pill would have re­mained un­avail­able from the market.

“My po­si­tion on the morningafter pill has been clear – if it is not abortive there should be no is­sue with mak­ing it read­ily avail­able,” said Dr Busut­til when asked to clear his stand on MAP.

“The de­ci­sion taken by the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee to make the pill avail­able was sup­ported unan­i­mously by PN MPs and was car­ried de­spite the op­po­si­tion from some Labour MPs. It must be em­pha­sised that had PN MPs not voted in favour, the MAP would not be avail­able at all.”

Asked to ex­plain why did the PN go along with the idea to pre­scribe the pill rather than hav­ing it read­ily avail­able over the counter if he, the leader of the party, had con­trast­ing views on the mat­ter, he replied: “I sup­ported the par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee po­si­tion be­cause – at least – it is a step in the right di­rec­tion. On whether the MAP should be avail­able over the counter or by pre­scrip­tion – my per­sonal view is that this is a de­ci­sion for the Medicines Author­ity. De­ci­sions of this na­ture must be based on sci­en­tific ex­per­tise and I draw at­ten­tion to the po­si­tion taken by Medicines Author­ity Chief Prof. Ser­ra­cino In­glott.”

A spokesper­son for Dr Busut­til, ear­lier told this news­room that the Op­po­si­tion leader was re­ported by The Times say­ing that: “It is a com­pro­mise that de­serves to be sup­ported,” but he never said that he is per­son­ally against it as claimed in the head­line of the pa­per.

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