Amazon restricts purchases of Plan B and other emergency contraceptive pills

Amazon is limiting sales of Plan B and other emergency contraceptives to three units per customer in the wake of increased demand, the company confirmed to . The US Supreme Court’s quashing of Roe v. Wade last week sparked a spike in sales of Plan B and other generic brands of levonorgestrel morning-after pills.

Customers ordering emergency contraception on Amazon will have to wait a little longer. Amazon’s main listing for Plan B (a popular brand of levonorgestrel made by a company called Foundation Consumer Healthcare) lists an estimated delivery range from July 19 to August 6. MyChoice, a generic brand of levonorgestrel that is cheaper than Plan B, shows a delivery date of July 28. Engadget has contacted Amazon for an estimate of when it will remove its sales cap, and will update if we hear anything.

Rite-Aid also limits both online and in-person emergency contraception sales to three per customer. Walmart has a wider limit of 10 units of Plan B per customer, and Target limits online sales of Plan B to six orders per customer. After a temporary cap on sales, both Walgreens and CVS have removed Plan B as of Tuesday night.

“We still have a large inventory of emergency contraceptives to meet customer needs,” said Matt Blanchette, Senior Manager Retail Communications at CVS. CNN

Those who don’t want to turn to Amazon or a major drugstore chain have other online options for Plan. Both Instacart and GoPuff also offer Plan B for same-day delivery. A number of telehealth startups such as Wisp, Nurx and sell generic emergency contraceptive pills (although sales are limited to certain states). Emergency contraceptive sales on Wisp rose 40 percent after a leak of the court’s ruling in May, Wisp confirmed to Engadget. In addition, sales on Friday, the day of the court’s ruling, were 25 times the daily average for May.

“We have been able to meet the current strong demand. We do not impose any restrictions on emergency contraceptive pills,” said Ahmad Bani, CEO of Wisp, in a statement to Engadget.

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