Amazon has restricted gross sales of emergency contraceptive tablets as demand spikes following final week’s U.S. Supreme Courtroom ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and ending the constitutional proper to have an abortion.
The corporate has positioned a short lived amount restrict of three models per week on emergency contraceptive tablets, Amazon confirmed to CNBC.
A evaluate of emergency contraceptive tablets bought on Amazon confirmed various amount limits. A list for Plan B, a well-liked model of the drug Levonorgestrel, confirmed purchases had been capped at three merchandise per shopper. In the meantime, one itemizing for a generic model of the drug, referred to as My Selection, allowed customers to buy as much as 30 models.
Amazon is the newest retailer to position limits on purchases of the tablets. On Monday, CVS stated it was capping purchases of Plan B tablets, whereas Walmart stated most of the chain’s merchandise have on-line buy limits that may change “throughout instances of fluctuating demand.” Walgreens stated purchases of emergency contraceptive tablets weren’t being restricted.
Emergency contraceptive tablets, sometimes called “morning after tablets” and bought below the Plan B model, will be bought over-the-counter and with out an ID or prescription.
They sometimes work by stopping the discharge of an egg from the ovaries, stopping a sperm from fertilizing an egg, or, if fertilization has already occurred, stopping a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb. They’re designed to be taken as much as three days after unprotected intercourse.
Morning-after contraception tablets are distinct from abortion tablets, which require a prescription and can be utilized within the first 10 weeks of being pregnant to terminate it.
The Supreme Courtroom on Friday overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional proper to abortion throughout the U.S. Quite a few states have began to impose partial or full bans on the process.
In response, many individuals have urged others to top off on Plan B in anticipation of doable restrictions on contraceptive tablets. Others stated potential shortages might affect these most in want and urged individuals to as a substitute fund organizations that assist distribute the tablets to maintain it obtainable.
— CNBC’s Ian Krietzberg and Melissa Repko contributed to this report.
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