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Amazon, CVS Cap Plan B Pill Purchases To Ensure Consistent Supply

Amazon, CVS Cap Plan B Pill Purchases To Ensure Consistent Supply

Romana Hai
CVS Caps Plan B Pills Purchases To Ensure Consistent Supply

Amazon and CVS are limiting the number of purchases on emergency contraceptives, commonly known as “morning-after pills,” following Supreme Court’s ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade — effectively ending protected abortion as a constitutional right for nearly 50 years.

CVS Health began limiting purchases on Saturday last week for both Plan B and Aftera, which cost $49.99 and $39.99, respectively, to three per order. Meanwhile, Amazon placed limits on Tuesday.

The move to limit purchases is part of the company’s effort to ensure “equitable access and consistent supply on store shelves,” the drug store chain said. The limits are being placed just as many people are taking to social media to urge others to stock up on emergency contraceptive pills following the Supreme Court’s decision.

Currently, Walgreens does not have a purchase limit on its emergency contraceptives, while Walmart said that it may put a purchasing limit in place “during times of fluctuating demand.”

Today, emergency contraceptive pills can be purchased over-the-counter and without an ID or prescription and are often sold under the name Plan B. Also referred to as the “morning-after pill,” the pills work to prevent ovulation or a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb. The pills work best if they are taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex.

Emergency contraceptive pills are different from a medication abortion, which requires the intake of two different prescribed pills within ten weeks of pregnancy.

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