Plan B still available but CVS, Walmart limit purchases; Walgreens sold out online

Some of the nation’s largest drugstore chains have begun limiting purchases of Plan B and other emergency contraceptives due to increased demand after the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The big picture: Commonly known as the “morning after pill” and available without a prescription under the Plan B brand, the pills are different from medical abortion pills, which are also increasingly in demand.

  • Abortion pills, also called Plan C, require a prescription and can be used during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy to terminate it.
  • Emergency contraceptive pills as well as IUDs reduce the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said on its website.

Driving the news: Experts are monitoring the health consequences of trigger bans and whether they might ban emergency contraception and other devices or procedures like IUDs or IVF, Axios’ Tina Reed said on Monday’s Axios Today podcast.

Emergency Contraception Purchase Limits

Details: Walmart, CVS and Rite Aid are among the retailers capping emergency contraception purchases on Tuesday.

What they say : “Many of our products have online purchase limits,” Walmart said in a statement to Axios. “In times of fluctuating demand, these limits may change.”

  • “Due to increased demand, we are currently limiting purchases of Plan B birth control pills to three per customer,” Rite Aid spokeswoman Terri Hickey said in a statement to Axios.
  • “We have an ample supply of Plan B and Aftera at all of our CVS Pharmacy and CVS.com stores,” CVS Health spokesperson Ethan Slavin said in a statement to NBC News.
  • “To ensure fair access and a consistent supply on store shelves, we have implemented a temporary purchase limit of three on these products,” Slavin said.
Walgreens sells Plan B, Take Action pills online

State of play: Walgreens has temporarily sold Plan B for shipping, Walgreens spokeswoman Emily Hartwig-Mekstan confirmed to Axios.

Meanwhile, the chain has no purchase limits in place, Hartwig-Mekstan said in a statement.

  • “Walgreens continues to be able to meet in-store demand, including leveraging digital solutions like curbside pickup,” Hartwig-Mekstan said. “Right now, we are working to restock inventory online for home shipping.”
Mark Cuban Pharmacy Offers Discounted Emergency Contraceptives

Details: Mark Cuban’s online pharmacy, Cost Plus Drug Company, has 14 types of contraceptives and emergency contraceptives available by prescription on its website.

To note : Although Cuban Pharmacy does not accept insurance, the website claims that “prices are lower than what you would pay if you used your insurance at a typical pharmacy.”

  • The site has a 15% markup on manufacturing costs, plus a $3 pharmacy processing fee and $5 shipping fee, according to Fortune.
Amazon limits the number of Plan B pills you can buy

Amazon announced on Tuesday that it would limit the sale of emergency contraceptive pills amid high demand after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Details: The company told Axios it has a temporary quantity limit of three units per week on emergency contraceptive products such as Plan B.

  • CNBC found that the Plan B pill had a cap of three products per buyer. But a listing for the drug My Choice allowed 30 units per buyer.

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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include information from Amazon

Herb Scribner contributed to this report

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