Despite FDA Rule, Teens May Struggle to Get Morning-After-Pill

July 3, 2017

(Reuters) – Researchers had women posing as 17-year-old girls in need of emergency contraception use a standard script to call 979 pharmacies in five U.S. cities. About 83 percent of the pharmacies said emergency contraception was available, but drugstores gave correct information about over-the-counter access only 52 percent of the time, and 8 percent said it wasn’t for sale under any circumstances.  These results, from calls made in 2015, weren’t much different from responses researchers got using the same script in 2012 before the FDA eliminated age restrictions on over-the-counter access to emergency contraception.

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