Archive for Sunday, January 27, 2008

Soaring price of birth control puts pressure on Congress

January 27, 2008


— Jen Mayekawa temporarily stopped using birth control last spring when she discovered that the cost had more than quadrupled, from $11 to $49 per month.

"There really was no choice," said Mayekawa, 21, a senior majoring in Spanish and pre-nursing at Kansas State University. "I wasn't about to spend $150 just to get me through the summer."

With the cost of contraception skyrocketing on college campuses throughout the country, the price of the pill is suddenly big talk on Capitol Hill. And Congress, which apparently caused the jump in prices with a legislative error, is under growing pressure to intervene.

Birth control advocates are calling it a crisis: Packets of birth control pills that once cost $5 to $10 for a monthly supply are now selling for $40 to $50. Officials at Planned Parenthood say the higher prices are putting birth control out of reach for many financially strapped students, and they want Congress to make the issue a top priority.

The soaring prices are the result of a quirk in a new federal law that was aimed at saving taxpayers money.

Since 1990, Congress had allowed pharmaceutical companies to offer discounted drugs to college students and low-income people. But when Congress passed its deficit-reduction bill in 2005, it included a provision that disallowed university health clinics from getting access to the reduced-price drugs.


Ragingbear 10 years, 4 months ago

Error my foot. This is a direct result of their "abstinence only" ideology.

crowford 10 years, 4 months ago

( - Birth control pills prices are already skyrocketed by 300% in many colleges and universities. I got the news that Princeton University has started selling subsidized birth control pills. I think other universities should also follow their footsteps and make necessary arrangements for the funds.

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