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CVS is limiting the number of emergency contraceptives, commonly known as “the morning after pill” and “Plan B,” that people can buy on its website and in its stores following last week’s Supreme Court ruling.
The pharmacy chain said in a statement that it has enough pills online and in stores, but wants to ensure “equal access and a consistent supply on store shelves.” The move comes after the Supreme Court on Friday overturned a landmark ruling that had protected abortion as a constitutional right for nearly 50 years.
CVS Health said it has begun limiting Plan B and Aftera purchases, which cost $49.99 and $39.99 respectively, to three per order on Saturday.
Walgreens has no restrictions on buying emergency contraceptives, a spokesman for the chain said Monday. A Walmart spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Wall Street Journal reported restrictions on sales of pills by retailers earlier on Monday.
Emergency contraceptive pills are often sold under the brand name Plan B and can be purchased over-the-counter and over-the-counter. without ID or prescription. They work by preventing ovulation or preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus, and are taken a few days after unprotected sex or after birth control has failed.
The pills are different from medical abortion or abortion pills, which require a prescription and require two different pills to be taken during 10 weeks of pregnancy. Kaiser Family Foundation.
In the days following the latest Supreme Court ruling, many people took to social media to urge people to stock up on birth control pills. Others said potential shortages could impact those most in need and urged people to instead fund organizations that help distribute the pills to keep them affordable.
— Melissa Repko of CNBC contributed to this report.