Pharmacy prepares for potential increase in emergency contraceptive demand after Roe v. Wade overturn

FITCHBURG, Wis. – The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has the Fitchburg Family Pharmacy preparing for an impact on the supply of emergency contraceptives.

Thad Schumacher, the owner of Fitchburg Family Pharmacy, said he’s prepared for a potential increase in the need for emergency contraception. 

“As a result of last Friday’s decision with the Supreme Court, we know that there’s going to be a need for women to look for alternative ways to take care of themselves,” said Schumacher. “We’ve made the decision here to make sure that it’s accessible and to make sure there’s no barrier to getting it.”

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Right now, the locally-owned pharmacy is only allowing two emergency contraceptive pills per customer upon purchase. 

“We’ve heard that this is something that could potentially be a challenge to get,” said Schumacher. 

Fitchburg Family Pharmacy isn’t the only business taking preventative measures for a potential demand for the product. 

CBS News reports online reproductive and sexual health provider Wisp, which sells two different types of so-called morning-after pills, said it witnessed an unprecedented 3,000% surge in sales of the emergency contraceptives after overturn. 

CVS on Monday said it was temporarily limiting purchases of morning-after pills to three boxes per transaction after seeing a sharp increase in the sale of emergency contraceptives immediately following the Supreme Court decision. Amazon and Rite Aid made similar moves.

Emergency contraception is birth control that can be used to prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. There are two types of emergency contraception: morning-after pills, and the copper IUD. For the morning-after pill, the most popular brand is Plan B. 

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According to Planned Parenthood, Plan B “can lower your chance of getting pregnant by 75% to 89% if you take it within three days after unprotected sex.” 

“We are trying to make sure that people who need it the most have access to it given supply chain constraints,” said Mike Murray with Planned Parenthood. 

According to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the birth control “Plan B” pill, also known as the morning-after pill, is legal and remains available in Wisconsin. 

“We shouldn’t be running out, we shouldn’t be running low. We’re going to have it accessible,” said Schumaker. To make an appointment with Planned Parenthood concerning emergency contraceptive options online or call 1-800-230-PLAN to find the health center nearest you.