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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-16-07 05:48 PM
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74. The article says a "pharmacy worker or sales associate" can sell it
Edited on Tue Jan-16-07 06:15 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.

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

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

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