85% of pharmacists have been asked for the morning-after pill since it became available over-the-counter, according to a new survey.

The Irish Pharmacy Union survey said the average number of requests from patients per week is 2.4 in those pharmacies where a request was made.

The age of patients requesting the medication ranged from 16-40 with younger patients aged 20-25 being the most popular age.

The average age was 23 years.

200 pharmacies were questioned in the survey.

The Irish Pharmacy Union national conference is taking place this weekend in Kilkenny.