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    1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

    1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study - Yahoo! News

    MONDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five U.S. pharmacies gave out misinformation to researchers posing as 17-year-old girls seeking emergency contraception, often saying that it was "impossible" for girls to get the pill, a new study finds.

    About 3 percent of researchers posing as physicians also received wrong information about the availability of emergency contraception, also known as the "morning-after" pill.
    The findings show that 17-year-olds in need of emergency contraception to prevent unintended pregnancy face significant barriers in accessing it, the study authors said. According to U.S. federal regulations, girls 17 and older can buy emergency contraception without a prescription if they show proof of age, while girls 16 and younger need a doctor's prescription.

    The pharmacies giving misinformation and/or outright lying need to be published.

    I'd boycott them and hope that others would too.

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    Re: 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

    I think that's because the laws governing it's availability - and who qualifies to get it - keep changing.

    I had to have a prescription 7 years ago to get mine in this state: now? So I don't know if I feel comfortable assuming that everyone's intentionally misleading or lying - but perhaps it's just confusing when regulations that *deregulate* change often.

    If they were increasing the regulation (as I feel they should) - they would be covering theirselves via liability and such issues and there'd be less misinformation around.
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    Re: 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

    Can you quote the kind of misinformation that is given and concerns you? If you are of legal age and female my pharmacist is willing to write a prescription for the morning after pill. Under no circumstances can a girl who is underage receive it (huge liability on the pharmacy and plus it's illegal) and we do not dispense the medication to guys claiming to give it to their wife/girlfriend (you don't know if they are lying and going to give it to an underage girl. It's always best to give it directly to the requesting patient).

    I'm skeptacle about this study. What were their methods? Did the people posing as 17 year old girls have valid ID? Anyone can claim to be 17, but I know many pharmacies ID if a person is clearly or even skeptically not 17. One thing is that they talked to all pharmacy staff and not the pharmacist. Only 3% of physicians were told that their 17 year old patient could not get it (and this may be an easy mistake for a tech to make due to them thinking you must be 18 like everything else). You have to understand that pharmacies receive phone calls by drug addicts and those wishing to break the law constantly. Many drug addicts and forgeries/pharmacy hoppers will ask if a narcotic is in stock. Every pharmacy I have worked in does not disclose that information unless it is a patient documented to have been on the medication before. When in doubt it's best to not reveal such info, which is true for some girl over the phone that you cannot see or verify age asking if they can get the morning after pill.

    I smell bias in the study, and I would like to see their research methods and the primary article. I have worked in pharmacy for over a year and I know how things operate, I highly highly doubt that this level of "misinformation" is being given out.
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    Re: 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

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    The pharmacies giving misinformation and/or outright lying need to be published.

    I'd boycott them and hope that others would too.
    People in this country are too weak willed to boycott anything. Even if they released the names of them and the companies put up posters bragging about it the majority of their customer base would still go there if they had the cheapest values. This is American. People here dont give a crap about values, only greed.

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    Re: 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

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    The pharmacies giving misinformation and/or outright lying need to be published.

    I'd boycott them and hope that others would too.
    What? Another list? Jesus. 4/5 pharmacies don't hinder teens' access to the morning after pill.
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    Re: 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

    Yeah - a few isn't too bad, honestly.

    I still think it's bizarre that the morning-after is readily available otc but for monthly lower dose hormonal birth control you need a prescription.
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    Re: 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

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    The pharmacies giving misinformation and/or outright lying need to be published.

    I'd boycott them and hope that others would too.
    Another one issue wonder. And you'd put them out of business so the elderly who actually get their meds can die, right?
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    Re: 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

    Don't know how accurate the study is or how true

    BUT

    any pharmacy that is INTENTIONALLY holding back meds/info from any persons legally allowed access to said material, based on anything solely moral/personal and not scientific/medical, should be heavily punished and or shut down and licenses suspend revoked etc.

    The pharmacy has no right to do so and its an infringement on individual rights.
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    Re: 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective-J View Post
    Don't know how accurate the study is or how true

    BUT

    any pharmacy that is INTENTIONALLY holding back meds/info from any persons legally allowed access to said material, based on anything solely moral/personal and not scientific/medical, should be heavily punished and or shut down and licenses suspend revoked etc.

    The pharmacy has no right to do so and its an infringement on individual rights.
    They can legally do so, and no one is forcing them to stock plan B. It's not someones "right" to plan B and no person has the right to force someone else to use their license as a pharmacist to write them a prescription for plan B and dispense it for them.

    It's one thing to be medically negligent and giving faulty health information, this is malpractice. It's another for a pharmacy to chose to not dispense plan B or for the individual pharmacist to not write the prescription for it.
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    Re: 1 in 5 Pharmacies Hinders Teens' Access to 'Morning-After' Pill: Study

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    They can legally do so, and no one is forcing them to stock plan B. It's not someones "right" to plan B and no person has the right to force someone else to use their license as a pharmacist to write them a prescription for plan B and dispense it for them.

    It's one thing to be medically negligent and giving faulty health information, this is malpractice. It's another for a pharmacy to chose to not dispense plan B or for the individual pharmacist to not write the prescription for it.
    Who said they have to stock it?
    WHo said Im going to force them to write a prescription?

    when you quote me, please stay on topic to what I actually said and not interject other made up scenarios

    so no they can not legally do so

    if the meds are in their pharmacy and I already have a prescription to obtain it legally then they are to do nothing more than their job and give me my legally prescribed meds, thats its

    their morals or personal opinions have no place in the decision to dispense me the meds at all, if they do hold the script back from me based on solely those reasons they are in fact infringing on my rights.
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