While the Food and Drug Administration considers making birth control pills over-the-counter (OTC), they should add emergency contraception, or Plan B, to the list of possible new OTC drugs too.
Well first, there is no medical reason for an age restriction on the drug and secondly a new study reveals that even if you are of age girls are being denied access to the pill.
According to a new study from the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, one in five U.S. pharmacies told researchers posing as 17-year-old girls seeking emergency contraception that it was “impossible” for them to get it.
However, according to U.S. federal regulations 17-year-olds can buy emergency contraception without a prescription as long as they have an ID indicating their age.
Not only were teens being given misinformation, but pharmacists were also giving wrong information to physicians about emergency contraception and its availability over-the-counter.
Whether or not pharmacists were giving out misinformation intentionally or just don’t know the law is unclear, but either way this is a problem. In the U.S. 85% of teenage pregnancies are unintentional. Denying access to teens that can prevent an unintended pregnancy is terrible. Girls and physicians need to know what their options are when it comes to their sexual health.
Do you think pharmacists are giving out wrong information to teenagers and physicians knowingly or they just don’t know the law?
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