The American Medical Association voted to adopt a new policy requesting that pharmacies use their website or other means to let patients know if they stock and dispense emergency contraception and whether or not a prescription is required. If a pharmacy doesn’t dispense emergency contraception, pharmacies should indicate where emergency contraception can be obtained in their region.
“FDA-approved Plan B emergency contraception can prevent unwanted pregnancies,” said AMA Board Member Rebecca J. Patchin, M.D. “Even if women are aware of emergency contraception as a way to prevent unwanted pregnancy, they may not know where or how to access it. It’s important that pharmacies let patients know whether they can access emergency contraception at their store and, if not, where they can go to get it.”
This is an important push from the AMA that will help women cross the barriers which exist for accessing EC in the current hostile environment.