One step forward: AM New York reports the findings of a recent survey conducted by the New York City Council of 155 pharmacies on the availability of EC, also known as Plan B. The survey showed that 94% of pharmacies were aware that the drug could be legally sold over the counter and had it available. The study also showed that the average cost was $41.84, slightly higher than when sold only by prescription prior to August 2006.
The study revealed that allowing pharmacies to sell emergency contraception over the counter rather than by prescription has dramatically boosted its availability and created an “undeniable success” in helping reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions that may result.
However, much work still needs to be done in regards to ensuring that city-run and non-profit clinics have it available free or at reduced cost to low-income and undocumented women, including those younger than 18 and those without the necessary government issued ID.