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Good news! Progestin-only EC is now approved for sale on store shelves without restrictions. That means that anyone of any age can purchase EC without needing to show ID.
Regulations on the sale of EC have changed frequently, so it can be quite confusing. Below is some information about how the different brands of EC are sold. If you want to use ella, call the pharmacy first to be sure that it is in stock.
Progestin-only EC (like Plan B One-Step and its generic forms Take Action, Next Choice One Dose and My Way) are approved for unrestricted sale on store shelves. Until April 2016, the labeling for the generics used to say that it’s intended for use by women ages 17 and older. You may still see this older packaging on the shelves, but anyone can buy it without needing to show ID, regardless of age or gender. Plan B One-Step usually costs about $50, and the generics cost about $40.
- You have the right to buy progestin-only EC at a pharmacy without showing ID. If someone denies you EC, let us know. The American Society for Emergency Contraception has a fact sheet explaining the current regulations for purchase of EC that you can print and bring to the pharmacy: Emergency Contraception: A Guide for Pharmacies and Retailers.
- If you want to use insurance to purchase EC, go to the pharmacy counter and ask for help.
- You can order a generic form of Plan B One-Step at www.afterpill.com for $20 + $5 shipping. This site does not offer expedited shipping, so it's not meant for emergency use, but you can stock up and keep it on hand for future use.
- ella is sold by prescription only, regardless of age. You can also order ella online at KwikMed or prjktruby for $67, including next-day shipping.
lt is great news that EC is now available for anyone to buy, directly on the shelf, but it can be very expensive; read this report about the cost of EC from the American Society for Emergency Contraception here. If cost is an issue, you may want to find a family planning clinic that offers EC for a reduced rate.