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CVS and Rite Aid restrict purchases of emergency contraceptives after high demand

CVS and Rite Aid restrict purchases of emergency contraceptives after high demand

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CVS and Rite Aid began legalizing emergency contraception amid a surge in demand just days after the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to abortion.

CVS said it will temporarily limit the purchase of Plan B and Aftera to three packages per customer. A spokesperson said Monday that while the pharmacy chain has an “ample supply” of products both online and in-store, the cap is meant to “ensure fair access and consistent supply on store shelves.”

A Rite Aid spokesperson said Monday that purchases are also limited to three per customer, also citing increased demand.

Walgreens’ website showed Tuesday that two emergency contraceptives — Plan B and Take Action — are out of stock for shipping but are available for same-day pickup and delivery at certain stores. On Monday, a spokeswoman said purchases were not limited at the time as the company could still meet demand in the store. “We are working on restocking inventory online from ship to home.” Grocery chain Kroger notes on its website that Plan B is not available for shipping and that in-store stocks are low.

Supreme Court on Friday Revocation of the basic right to abortion Almost 50 years ago in Raw vs. Wade, leaving states free to significantly limit or outlaw the procedure. Thirteen states had laws in place when the ruling was passed, and they immediately took effect in several states, halting abortion care.

Judgment does not affect emergency contraception such as Plan B One-Step, which is used to prevent pregnancy by temporarily delaying ovulation if taken within 72 hours of sexual activity. No prescription or ID is required to purchase it, and there is no age requirement.

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But after Friday’s ruling, health advocates, legal experts and officials raised concerns that further efforts could be made to restrict people’s rights to contraceptives.

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At Target and Walmart, Plan B pills are eligible for shipping and pickup, but delivery time varies for different locations. It can also be purchased directly on the Plan B website, but is only eligible for four to six day shipping.