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

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NEW YORK —  According to various reports, CVS and Rite Aid announced Monday that they are limiting the number of emergency contraceptive pills customers may purchase after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion.

CVS said that it is temporarily limiting purchases of so-called morning-after pills to three boxes per transaction to avoid a shortage following the high court’s ruling Friday striking down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

In a statement, the drugstore chain said it had “ample supply” of Plan B and Aftera, two products that can be taken by women to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if a birth control method 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 said in a statement.

Emergency contraceptives typically work by delaying or preventing ovulation and are intended as a backup method of birth control. The drugs are distinct from abortion drugs, which terminate pregnancies. Plan B costs $49.99 for a single pill, while Aftera costs $39.99.

Rite Aid is also limiting purchases of emergency contraceptives, including Plan B and Option 2 brand pills. Customers are limited to three pills per order, according to the drugstore chain’s website.

Walgreens said it had no plans “at this time” to place restrictions on sales of morning-after pills. Plan B pills are sold out at Walgreens.com, but are available in some stores.

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


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