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Local pharmacies refuse to put Plan B One-Step on store shelves

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A new FDA ruling means that Plan B One-Step will now be sitting on store shelves at places like Walgreens, CVS and Target. It will be next to things like pregnancy tests in the family planning aisle.

As long as a woman has an ID to verify that she is 15 years or older she can pick it up and head straight for the cash register, completely by passing the pharmacist.

"I think it's ridiculous that they can't go to school with an aspirin or an Advil or anything without it being administered by a school nurse so it's illogical for them to be able to come into a pharmacy and buy an abortion pill," Pamela Guthrie said.

But manufacturers say Plan B One-Step is not the abortion pill. They sayPlan B One-Step will not terminate an existing pregnancy, it simply prevents ovulation and fertilization.  

Paul's Pharmacy in Evansville said it doesn't stock the drug because they don't have customers purchasing it.

Guthrie's pharmacy in Chandler said it doesn't stock the emergency contraceptive because they don't have the demand and for what they said are moral reasons.  

"I just think that a lot of us believe in the sanctity of human life," Pamela said.

Pamela's husband and veteran pharmacist, John Guthrie, does fill birth control prescriptions, because they are just that, a drug prescribed by a doctor.  
"We got kids on birth control, under supervision," John said.

Risks with Plan B One-Step, according the manufacturer, Teva, include sever abdominal pain and ectopic pregnancies.  

Prior to the FDA ruling, women 17 years and older had to consult with the pharmacist to get the emergency contraceptive.

Pamela says that at the very least, gives a woman the opportunity to talk to a medical professional.  

Which Pamela says leaves her with more questions, than answers. 

"After they buy it at a pharmacy are they going to have a follow up appointment with a doctor, are they going to discuss any side effects with them, what about long term effects? Those are questions that need to be answered and a 15 year old is not qualified to do all of that," Pamela said.

Sceptics said the biggest lingering question is how will a 15-year-old, who doesn't have a driver's license, produce an ID to prove their date of birth. Teva said Plan B One-Step will be available on store shelves in the next few months.

Because the product can cost between $40 and $50, the package will have a security tag to prevent theft. 

To view the FDA ruling, click here. 

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