I do not use CVS or Walgreens. And I will tell you this. If any of the readers do use these pharmacies, I beg you to get your scripts transferred to another pharmacy AFTER you confirm that the new pharmacy will NOT carry OTC Abortion pills!
We must stand up for righteousness!
Two of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States, Walgreens and CVS, confirmed that they plan to offer abortion pills after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a regulatory change on Tuesday allowing retail pharmacies to dispense mifepristone, according to Axios.
Before the rule change, mifepristone, the first pill used in a two-drug medication abortion regimen, was only allowed to be dispensed by a few mail-order pharmacies or by certain certified doctors and clinics. The new rule requires women to have a prescription from a certified health care provider, but “any pharmacy that agrees to accept those prescriptions and abide by certain other criteria can dispense the pills in its stores and by mail order,” the New York Times reported. The Times noted that abortion bans and restrictions in roughly half of states “would make it illegal or very difficult for pharmacies to provide abortion pills.”
A Walgreens spokesperson told the Axios that the company is taking steps “to become a certified pharmacy.”
“We are working through the registration, necessary training of our pharmacists, as well as evaluating our pharmacy network in terms of where we normally dispense products that have extra FDA requirements and will dispense these consistent with federal and state laws,” the Walgreens spokesperson continued.
After Walgreens went public, a CVS spokesperson told Axios the company plans “to seek certification to dispense mifepristone where legally permissible.”
The FDA made the move the same day President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) cleared the U.S. Postal Service to deliver abortion drugs to states with abortion restrictions and bans, offering “limited assurances that a federal law addressing the issue won’t be used to prosecute people criminally over such mailings,” according to Politico.
“A legal opinion, from Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, concludes that a nearly 150-year-old statute aimed at fighting “vice” through the mail is not enforceable against mailings of abortion drugs as long as the sender does not know that the drugs will be used illegally,” the report states.