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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 04:48 PM
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74. The article says a "pharmacy worker or sales associate" can sell it
Edited on Tue Jan-16-07 05:15 PM by BattyDem
The only "restriction" on Plan B is the age, so as long as an employee verifies that the purchaser is over 18, there shouldn't be a problem.

One of the links in the OP confirms that a phamacist is not needed. Another confirms that the pharmacist would not let ANYONE sell it to her. :grr:

"Bentonville-based Wal-Mart is investigating. Company spokesman Kevin Gardner says corporate policy says any Wal-Mart worker who does not feel comfortable dispensing a product can refer customers to another pharmacist, pharmacy worker or sales associate.

http://www.wmcstations.com/Global/story.asp?S=5940335


"Byrd said she was 'floored' when the pharmacist, Brian Beams, refused to allow anyone in the store to sell it to her."

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/hp/content/oh/story/n...


Perhaps it can't be dispensed by anyone if the pharmacist doesn't give his permission ... but that sort of defeats the whole point of having an OTC medication. Why would a pharmacist have to "okay" it if a prescription isn't needed to purchase it in the first place? :shrug:


ON EDIT: I just did a Google ... ANY employee can sell it. A pharmacist is not needed. :-)

"The FDA requires that a health care professional must be available to answer questions if needed, but anyone behind the pharmacy counter will be able to sell Plan B over the counter (OTC) after seeing proof of age."

Princeton's Emergency Contraception Website
http://ec.princeton.edu/questions/QA-OTC-access.html

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