CVS and Rite Aid limiting “morning-after” pill purchases to avoid shortage

Battle over reproductive rights strikes to contraceptives


National pharmacy chains CVS and Rite Aid are limiting the variety of emergency contraceptive tablets clients might buy after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional proper to an abortion

CVS mentioned on Monday that it’s briefly limiting purchases of so-called morning-after tablets to three packing containers per transaction to avoid a shortage following the excessive courtroom’s ruling Friday placing down the landmark Roe v. Wade determination.

In a press release, the pharmacy chain mentioned it had “ample supply” of Plan B and Aftera, two merchandise that may be taken by ladies to forestall being pregnant after unprotected intercourse or if a contraception technique fails. 

“To ensure equitable access and consistent supply on store shelves, we’ve implemented a temporary purchase limit of three (boxes) on these products,” CVS mentioned in a press release. 

Emergency contraceptives usually work by delaying or stopping ovulation and are meant as a backup technique of contraception. The medication are distinct from abortion medication, which terminate pregnancies. Plan B prices $49.99 for a single pill, whereas Aftera prices $39.99.

Rite Aid can be limiting purchases of emergency contraceptives, together with Plan B and Option 2 model tablets. Customers are restricted to three tablets per order, in accordance to the pharmacy chain’s web site.

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Walgreens, one other main drugstore chain, mentioned it had no plans “at this time” to place restrictions on gross sales of morning-after tablets. Plan B tablets are offered out at, however can be found in some shops. 

“Walgreens is still able to meet demand in-store,” a spokeswoman mentioned. “At this time, we are working to restock online inventory for ship-to-home.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Walmart grocery store chain was additionally limiting gross sales of morning-after tablets to 4 or six for orders to be delivered by the tip of the month however not for these to be shipped starting in early July. The company did not instantly reply to a request from AFP. 

—With reporting from CBS News’ Megan Cerullo 

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