The Morning After Pill or Plan B

Apr 26, 2012 by

The latest news on Plan B is that some teens may have trouble getting this pill,  but in London they can have it delivered to their homes,  and in Pennsylvania it is available in vending machines.




According to  a recent survey some pharmacies are reluctant to dole out the morning after pill to teens who qualify.   Even though it is legal for 17 year olds to receive Plan B, some pharmacists and their employees are not giving it readily.  When the teens call the pharmacy to ask of availability they are often told it is not in stock or not dispensable to them even though it is approved for those 17 years old and older without a prescription.  It has been revealed that even physicians calling certain pharmacies on behalf of these teens are being told that the drug is not available when indeed there is ample stock and access.  Patients calling for this medication are being advised to call several pharmacies until they get results and to report back to their physicians what they have experienced.  Time is of the essence when a young female needs to administer this medication.  Every day it is delayed the chance for an unwanted pregnancy escalates. Girls need to know the facts and not to accept false or misleading information.   There are pharmacies willing to cooperate.

The morning after pill was approved as Plan B, Plan B One-Step and Next Choice in the United States and is designed to either prevent or delay ovulation in the event involuntary or voluntary  unprotected sex has occurred or that practiced contraception failed.  Emergency contraception’s premise is that it prevents pregnancy rather than terminates pregnancy.  This pill is hormonal, containing both estrogen and progesterone.  Emergency contraception can be administered to patients under the age of 17 with a prescription, except in California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington where pharmacists are permitted to dispense to under age patients at their discretion.


Also of interest regarding the morning after pill is that a courier service to deliver the pills within a two hour timeframe from an online request has been launched in the United Kingdom.  Of course this has been debated in the media with one side claiming convenience is necessary and the other concerned it will encourage under age sex.  The advocates say that this pill is available in a number of places for free and that the courier service is fee based so it will only appeal to those who can pay for this convenience.   If successful in London the company plans to take the service to other cities.

One more fascinating story on the morning after emergency contraception story comes from Pennsylvania, where a public university has recently installed a vending machine that dispenses the pills for $25.  The vending machine at Shippensburg University provides Plan B pills along with condoms and pregnancy kits.  As you can imagine the fight to keep this service has just begun, involving  legal, academic, administrative, ecclesiastical and medical staff contenders. For now it is located in the student health center only accessed by students of the university.












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