Archive for Friday, August 25, 2006

Pharmacists say demand likely to climb

August 25, 2006


Now that the federal government is going to allow over-the-counter sales of the Plan B morning-after pill, Lawrence pharmacists are wondering what happens next.

Even though the Food and Drug Administration hopes to implement nonprescription sales by the end of the year, pharmacists are wondering when and how they will get the official word.

"I saw the news at lunch today and that's all I know," said Jason Anderson, pharmacy manager at Walgreen Drug Store, 3421 W. Sixth St. "I haven't read anything on it."

Cathy Thrasher, chief pharmacist at Watkins Memorial Health Center at Kansas University, said she had no way to predict whether demand for the morning-after pill would increase by the end of the year.

For now, Thrasher does not plan to increase supply of the morning-after pill. She compared the new over-the-counter regulations with those in place for other medicines, like when a 2005 state law meant to combat methamphetamine production forced medicines with pseudoephedrine from the shelf to go behind the pharmacy counter.

"It would not be a totally unfamiliar way of operating for us," she said.

Mark Smith, owner of Orchards Drug, 1410 Kasold Drive, said he thought demand for the pills would increase.

"I would think sales would go up just because it has been a real inconvenience for people to have to go get a prescription for it," he said.

Under the current regulations, sales are just about nil, Smith said. He could not remember ever selling more than one package.

Tom Wilcox, owner of Round Corner Drug, 801 Mass., also said there had been little demand for the pill.

"I can't even recall the last time I dispensed any," he said.

The FDA decision was long overdue, said Peter Brownlie, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. But the organization was not happy about the sales restrictions imposed on teenagers, calling it "scientifically baseless." Girls 17 and under still will have to get a prescription to obtain the drug.

The decision brought a positive response from Chase Schultz, a Kansas University sophomore in computer science from Goessel.

"As a student, I think that there's probably a fair amount of people that probably get into some sort of trouble," he said. "I'm concentrating on school, and the last thing I need is a kid to worry about."

Schultz said he understands the stance from some opponents who say easier access will promote sexual conduct, but it's nothing new, Schultz said.

"I think it will pass on through, and I think it will become more and more insignificant just as birth control has since the 1960s," he said.


Cait McKnelly 11 years, 8 months ago

My predictions: 1. They will charge 100$ per pill 2. They will lock it up in a glass cabinet along with the Nicoderm and other high dollar OTCs so the pharmicist has to get it for you. 3. You will have to be 21 to buy it. 4. If it goes against the pharmicist's "moral conciousness" he/she won't have to sell it to you.

Some victory.

classclown 11 years, 8 months ago

"The decision brought a positive response from Chase Schultz, a Kansas University sophomore in computer science from Goessel.

"As a student, I think that there's probably a fair amount of people that probably get into some sort of trouble," he said. "I'm concentrating on school, and the last thing I need is a kid to worry about.""


If you're that concerned Chase, then perhaps it would be best to keep it in your pants. Remember, the use of the pill will be the woman's decision not yours. Just because the pills will be so readily available doesn't mean that females HAVE to use them. You could still very well get saddled with a kid to worry about.

prioress 11 years, 8 months ago

Good news; it's about time, but I share Cait48's concerns. Pharmacists need to do their duty and quit playing "moral games" with the prescriptions.

bugmenot 11 years, 8 months ago

This is great news! I'm just going to try to remain optimistic that things won't be as bad as cait48 predicts.

craigers 11 years, 8 months ago

Bad news, sexual promiscuity will continue to climb with young adults.

craigers 11 years, 8 months ago

I didn't know Mr. George Bush joined us on here!!!

craigers 11 years, 8 months ago

Okay, well now my post looks stupid, since they removed TheDecider from the board.

Godot 11 years, 8 months ago

"Posted by cait48 (anonymous) on August 25, 2006 at 5:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

My predictions: 1. They will charge 100$ per pill."

Sometimes you have to pay to play.

BlondeTiger 11 years, 8 months ago

I think this is good....making this drug more excessible. Because right now in order to take the morning after pill, you have to book an appointment at a clinic which sometimes they can't fit you in, and they also don't take walk-in's on certain days, which sometime defeats the whole purpose of it. This makes more sense too, Instead of having gorvernment assistance (tax dollars) on mistakes for the next 18 years.

Godot 11 years, 8 months ago

Can you buy them in bulk, or do you have to go buy one every time you need it? That could be really inconvenient for some.

BlondeTiger 11 years, 8 months ago

i like the way you think reality_check.

J Good Good 11 years, 8 months ago

The thing is, no one is going to use it as a regular form of birth control, because it makes most people who take it feel like s**t. It is a very large surge of hormones.

It is for the situation where the condom breaks or something bad happens.

prioress 11 years, 8 months ago

jg: Good points. Don't try to get all rational about this, now. The righties need abortions to keep the fires burning about all those "sacred gametes" the SkyGod has blessed. You are right; this is supposed to be for emergencies and won't be abused by many.

Charla Welch 11 years, 8 months ago

"Posted by Reality_Check (anonymous) on August 25, 2006 at 9:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

All birth control should be free for anyone under 21, courtesy of the state. Cheaper to pay now than pay later for welfare, Medicaid, etc."

Why under 21? I sure wish someone else could dish out the $30 a month for my BC pills.

I think it's about time they did this.

craigers 11 years, 8 months ago

What makes you think that if it is free then you are going to have such success with those people taking it? Those that really want it now can get it at reduced costs from the health clinic.

Reality_check, try to add ideas like you did with less of your attacks at the end.

belle 11 years, 8 months ago

To think that this will increase sexual promiscuity is INSANE! Plan B is an option. In no way, shape, or form does a pill change someone's morals. In my opinion, when individuals engage in sex, it's something they've already decided they're going to do (regardless of a pill). Having another option for preventing pregnancy doesn't change that! I can't imagine saying, "Oh, well now that Plan B is over the counter, I can have sex!" Condoms have been over the counter for ages!!! Plan B will not infuence morals. I think it's a just a lame excuse.

Rationalanimal 11 years, 8 months ago

Interesting that you assume the propositions "sexual promiscuity" and "morality" are equal in their logical meaning. It presumes logic and morality are of the same body.

bugmenot 11 years, 8 months ago

Why need sources to support evidence when you can just make up outlandish statements and make believe they are true. This plan B going OTC is going to be terrible news as now there is going to be more STD's and actually more pregnacies due to nobody using condoms anymore. See how easy that was.

werekoala 11 years, 8 months ago

Hey everyone, wanna see some crazy? (all quotes from the Concerned Women of America website.

CRAZY SPIN: " If the morning-after pill is available OTC, anyone could buy it and slip it to a woman without her knowledge. A woman who may want to be pregnant could become the victim of a man who does not want her to have a child."

FACT: Plan B radically swings a woman's hormones about, with predictable consequences for anyone who's ever been around a woman going through menopause. They know something is going on, and it's not a terribly pleasant experience. I also wonder in what weird Hollywoodized mindset a man can just "slip" a pill to his wife (seriously, guys, try and "slip" an aspirin to your ladies, tell me how that works out), especially when the pill must be purchased by an adult female. And then he's going to do this every 2-3 days for the duration of their relationship at a cost of, what, $20 a pill? Seriously, this is just a silly idea, but they get even worse.

CRAZY SPIN: "Interaction with a physician is crucial to discovering STDs that could lead to infertility or cancer, and intervening to rescue girls who are being sexually abused."

FACT: The hipocracy would be funny if it weren't sad; this is the same group that was all against universal vaccination for HPV when that came out a few months back, on the grounds that then they'd have even less to scare kids with.

CRAZY SPIN: "Easy access to Plan B would enable statutory rapists, adult men who are having sex with minors, to have unhindered access to the pill to cover up their crime. "

FACT: This is where the real crazy comes out, wild-eyed and drooling. Yes, a grown man is going to go out and get a grown woman to guy Plan B for him so he can feed it to a little girl like candy, in order to make sure there's no evidence of his contact with her. You know, like DNA evidence, or an accomplice, or reciepts of purchase, or anything like that.

It's obvious, even to people with half a brain, that the only "evidence" that Plan B would prevent us from having would be pregnant statutory rape victims. And I think we can all agree with the "Concerned" Women of America that the more statutory rape victims who are impregnated by their rapists, the better off we all are!

In summary, you know they're just preaching to the choir on this one, so it's not like they have to be fettered by rational thought or logical consistency. But you have to realize, this is the crazy kind of logic that opposes such a reasonable idea: let's help people who don't want to be parents right now avoid getting pregnant. it really bothers me that in Lawrence, KS, in 2006, so many people really think that forcing women to choose between an unwanted pregnancy or an abortion is preferable to preventing the pregnancy from taking place.

Godot 11 years, 7 months ago

Is there something in this rule that limits the sale of Plan B to females over the age of 18, or does the restriction only apply to people under the age of 18, regardless of gender?

bugmenot 11 years, 7 months ago

parkay: Plan B is hardly an abortifacient. Yes, it will prevent a fertalized egg from implanting in the uterus. But a fertalized egg already implanted it will have no effect on. Plan B works mainly to prevent fertalization of an unfertalized egg. Your website you linked to was pure craptastic. Though I'm sure it makes great sense in crazyville where you reside.

Tychoman 11 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone think that demand isn't going to change drastically because girls aren't as promiscuous as everyone stereotypes? Jeez people, lighten up.

BlondeTiger 11 years, 7 months ago

I agree that girls are not a promiscuous as people "fear". Its not like once they hit a certain age they're spreading their legs so fast their pelvises break. which it sounds like alot of you beleive that. get a reality check.

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