In this section, we will provide a brief summary and a link to the published abstract of newly published papers selected from the worldwide literature as being of particular interest to the SelfCare community.
Single-Dose Levonorgestrel Emergency Contraception and Silent Barriers to Its Access: Is It Really Just One Step?
By: Ritter AH, Isaacs CR, Lee SM, Lee AJ.
Journal of Women’s Health 2018; 27 (5): 646-650.
Summary: Single-dose levonorgestrel has been legally available without prescription in the USA without age restriction since 2013. The objective of this study was to discover if there are barriers to access and to determine if such barriers vary based on the gender of the person making the purchase. Callers contacted 146 Richmond Virginia pharmacies listed on the Plan B One Step website. Ultimately, these callers interviewed 90 pharmacies via phone and used a rehearsed standardized script to ask eight questions regarding emergency contraception (EC) in relation to availability, age restrictions, parental consent, counselling requirements, and a male’s ability to purchase the product. Pharmacy employees provided incorrect information to both men and women regarding age restrictions for purchasing Plan B One Step 51% of the time. Pharmacy technicians provided the majority of information, and the male caller was more likely to be transferred to another person when requesting the medication. It should not be assumed that consumers receive accurate information when inquiring about OTC EC.