In the case of CVS, the restrictions have since been lifted, according to company officials.
The surge in demand for Plan B pills came after the Supreme Court ruled Friday to overturn at the federal level the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which previously set a 49-year precedent for legal abortion in the US.
Following the ruling, Judge Clarence Thomas suggested that other past court decisions, including the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut decision — which ensured married couples’ right to buy and use contraception, and the right to privacy in marriage — should also be reconsidered.
A CVS spokesperson told ABC News that while CVS pharmacies had temporarily limited Plan B purchases to three at a time due to high demand, the company had since relaxed those restrictions as sales declined.
“Immediately after the Supreme Court ruling, we saw a sharp increase in the sale of emergency contraceptives and introduced a temporary purchase limit to ensure fair access,” the spokesperson said. “Sales have since stabilized and we are in the process of removing the purchase limits, which will come into effect in the next 24 hours in the store and on CVS.com. We still have a large inventory of emergency contraceptives to meet customer needs. comply. “
Rite Aid still restricted the purchase of the morning-after pill on Tuesday afternoon due to high demand.
A spokesperson told ABC News in a statement that “due to increased demand, we are currently limiting purchases of Plan B birth control pills to three per customer.”
Walmart officials, meanwhile, have not said whether they will specifically set buying limits for morning-after pills. A company spokesperson told ABC News that “many of [Walmart’s] products have online purchase limits,” but did not specify which limits, if any, would be applied to Plan B or morning-after pill purchases.
“In times of fluctuating demand, these limits can change,” they said.
Plan B or morning after pills, which stop a pregnancy before it happens, are different from abortion-inducing pills. Morning after pills are instead a type of emergency contraception that can be taken orally for up to five days after intercourse – although it is recommended to take them within 72 hours, to be more effective – to prevent an egg from being fertilized or ovulated delay, thus preventing unintended or unwanted pregnancy.
Morning after pills can be used when a birth control method fails, or if birth control has not been used, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Levonorgestrel, the generic name of the drug used in Plan B, is sold over the counter under several brand names, including Plan B One-Step, AfterPill, Aftera, EContra One-Step, My Choice, My Way, Next Choice, Option 2 , Preventeza and take action.
Another type of morning-after pill, ulipristal acetate, is sold under the brand name Ella and usually requires a prescription.
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