Pharmacy giants CVS and Rite Aid have capped sales of “morning after” pills to three per woman as demand soars after the Roe v Wade decision — and Walgreens has sold out of the drugs it can supply.
CVS, America’s largest pharmacy chain, said it still had enough pills in stock that could prevent pregnancy but wanted to ensure “equivalent access.”
The new guidelines apply to Plan B pills, which retail for $49.99 each, and the Aftera brand, which retail for $39.99.
Rite Aid, which has more than 2,500 pharmacies in the northern states, said “increased demand” forced it to limit sales of Plan B and Option 2, sold for $32.99.
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade — which protected abortion in the constitution — has sparked panic across the country, with many women now rushing to stock up on pills.
A judge has suggested they could also review the birth control rulings, though there’s no suggestion at this point that a state will block the sale of “morning after” pills.
The above screenshot from the CVS website shows that they are now limiting orders of the “morning after” pill Aftera to three per person. They are also restricted for Plan B sales
Rite Aid has followed suit and has also limited the sale of Plan B medications to three per person
It has done this with both the Plan B and Option 2 brands (pictured).
Walgreens no longer has “morning after” pills for delivery. It says there is still plenty in stock and it is working to refill its warehouses as soon as possible
Morning after pills are a type of emergency contraception reserved for after unprotected sex or as a last resort when other devices, such as condoms, don’t work.
They are available without a prescription, with one pill to be taken within 72 hours of intercourse to stop a pregnancy.
It works by preventing ovulation or changing the lining of the uterus to prevent an egg from being implanted.
The pills are about 87 percent effective, according to manufacturer data.
Biden faces calls to set up abortion clinics on federal lands
Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez both call on Democrats to take extreme measures to protect abortion rights following the Roe vs. Wade, but Vice President Kamala Harris indicated that the Biden administration is not currently considering such measures.
Both Warren and Ocasio-Cortez, Democrats from Massachusetts and New York respectively, lobbied the government to set up so-called “emergency abortion clinics” on federal lands.
Speaking on ABC’s This Week, Warren said Biden should “make abortion as available as possible with the tools he has, including medication abortion, including using federal lands as a place where abortions can take place.”
Ocasio-Cortez echoed these requests at a rally in New York City’s Union Square, calling federal abortion clinics “the baby steps of babies.”
However, when asked about the possibility of doing so, Vice President Harris told CNN’s Dana Bash it was unlikely.
They differ from abortion pills – such as Mifeprex – which require a prescription and take two different pills ten weeks apart.
Many women may only buy one pack of “morning after” pills at a time, and those who buy more want to stock up.
CVS set the limit on Saturday and Rite Aid followed suit on Monday.
A spokeswoman for CVS said they saw a “sharp increase” in sales immediately after the ruling, triggering the limit.
But now that sales are back to ‘normal’, they are in the process of lifting the restriction.
They added: “We still have an ample supply of emergency contraceptives to meet customer needs.”
Rite Aid also has Plan B pills available for $47.49 each and Option 2 pills for $32.99 each.
Walgreens said it was still able to meet “in-store demand” and was “working” to restock its online inventory. The pharmacy did not say when the home delivery pills were sold out.
Other pharmacies, including Walmart, have yet to place restrictions on the sale of “morning after” pills.
It’s because women rush to stock up on abortion pills and birth control for fear that access could be banned.
Last week, Clarence Thomas, the court’s longest-serving judge, warned that they could “rethink” rulings on access to birth control, suggesting that the right to the “morning after” pill could also be in jeopardy.
This has caused panic in many circles, with women now rushing to replenish their supply.
In the days since Roe v Wade was overturned, some clinics say their appointments have quadrupled since the Roe v Wade ruling.
Abortion organization Planned Parenthood Southeast, in Atlanta, Georgia, also says they’ve dealt with a surge of women wanting to know how many pills are available.
But amid the buzz, many are being urged not to completely empty the shelves of abortion pills to ensure they remain available to women who need them now.
Abortion pills are expected to become the focus of many legal battles in the states to ban abortion.
So far, 13 states have already passed new laws, with Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Missouri banning them entirely, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
In a statement on its website, Just The Pill said it is “undaunted by the Supreme Court’s decision and will continue to provide care to the people who need it most.” We’re here for you.
‘In Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado you can still come to us. Let us know if you need help with travel arrangements and costs.’
Drug-induced abortion is still allowed by the Food and Drug Administration for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
It requires a woman to take two drugs 24 to 48 hours apart to cause contractions similar to a miscarriage that expels the fetus and causes heavy bleeding.
Medication is cheaper and more invasive, and the pills can be shipped to your home, meaning it’s a common choice for women who choose to have an abortion.