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Posted by Ryan Morgan on September 26, 2013 at 2:02 PM
I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with the #SCECOTC scavenger hunt, but there have been a few bumps along the way. For example, Jen from Columbia reports [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="367"] This CVS is the pharmacy closest to UofSC Columbia campus. I expected it to be the mother of all #SCECOTC locations in Columbia. Not so. I happened to be in this store this morning and buzzed the family planning aisle to check for Plan B availability. As I've seen in other pharmacies, there was a hard plastic sign affixed to the shelf where Plan B should be located, directing me to check in the "Feminine Care" aisle... which was the aisle I was already in. To be thorough, I checked over by the tampons and such, but no. I decided I'd go ask the pharmacist. Once I had her attention, I asked for a box of Plan B. She produced a grocery bag wrapped box and asked for my identification. I could see through the bag that she had Next Choice, and I clarified that I had asked for PLAN B. "This is what we carry." she said. At no point did she tell me she was going to sell me a drug other than the Plan B that I asked for, and it was wrapped in a bag before I ever even saw the box. Further, I looked for and did not find Next Choice cards on the shelf; only the Plan B placard. It felt very bait & switchy fishy. @tellthemsc[/caption] And Amy, who has traveled across the state tracking EC, tweets her findings:
@TellThemSC I did tell Sam's pharmacy staff to look into that 17 years or younger prescription business. Let them know the law changed. --@amyhcolumbiasc
You get the picture. So what do we do now? Our friends at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project have a place to report issues here. For us, on the scavenger hunt, it may be a game. But the stakes are high for women across our state who want to prevent accidental pregnancies, who have been the victims of sexual assault, who have experienced contraceptive failure, or who simply made a mistake and need to be able to access emergency contraception in a timely manner. Report the problems you’ve witnessed here and know that you’re reporting a problem now so that women after you will be able to access emergency contraception when it matters the most.

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