In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier examines a study that finds that some pharmacies may have incorrectly denied women access to the morning after pill.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.
Seventeen-year-old females can legally buy the emergency contraception Plan B over-the-counter without a prescription. But a recent study found 20 percent of pharmacists are incorrectly denying access.
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center made calls to 1,000 pharmacies spread out in five major U.S. cities. They found that 80 percent of pharmacies had Plan B available, but 20 percent denied girls access to the pill – with or without a prescription – based on their age. The pharmacies also gave incorrect information to the researchers posing as physicians, making it appear that many may not know the law.
Researchers say this kind of misinformation can result in preventable, unintended pregnancy and that health care workers need to be better educated and help adolescents know their rights.
That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every weekday for your next dose of women’s health.
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