Over-the-counter sales of Cytotec, an anti-ulcer medication, are continuing in Armenia despite an August-1 ban intended to prevent women from using the drug to abort unwanted fetuses at home.
The government claims that compliance with the ban will come with time, but, so far, officials do not appear to be taking measures to ensure that pharmacists ask those purchasing Cytotec to show a prescription.
Since the ban went into effect on August 1, a EurasiaNet.org correspondent visited 27 drugstores in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, and its outskirts, and was able to buy Cytotec pills in 20 of them without a prescription. “We have no information about the ban,” claimed an employee at one popular pharmacy in the Yerevan suburb of Malatia-Sebastia.
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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan and editor of MediaLab.am.