Pharmacies are supposed to places where people can rely on swift access to the drugs they need. Unfortunately, according to a new study, 1 in 5 pharmacies are not giving that help to teens that need the morning after pill.
Teens getting turned away from pharmacies?
Nearly one in five U.S. pharmacies gave out misinformation to researchers posing as 17-year-old girls seeking emergency contraception, often saying that it was “impossible” for girls to get the pill, a new study finds. The study, published online March 26, appears in the April print issue of Pediatrics.
Even family physicians were lied to!
About 3 percent of researchers posing as physicians also received wrong information about the availability of emergency contraception, also known as the “morning-after” pill. In the study, researchers called all the commercial pharmacies in five major U.S. cities with a total of 943 pharmacies called.
All clinics were called twice, once by a “17-year-old girl” and once by a “doctor.” Researchers talked with pharmacists, pharmacy technicians or unidentified staff. Four in five callers were told the pharmacy had emergency contraception in stock.
19 percent of teens were lied to about emergency contraceptive.
The same cannot be said about teens, 19 percent of 17-year-old callers were told that they could not obtain emergency contraception under any circumstances, while 3 percent of physicians were told their 17-year-old patient could not obtain it. Researchers do not know if any pharmacy workers intentionally misled the girls, or if they simply don’t know the law (SUUUURE they don’t).
Interesting statistic: About 85 percent of the roughly 750,000 teenage pregnancies in the United States each year are unintentional.
Just another thing wrong with the American health system.