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
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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.