'Don't panic': Pharmacists say it's not necessary to stock up on emergency contraceptives as interest peaks

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) — Women worried about their reproductive rights are taking action to protect themselves after a leaked draft of the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision came to light. 

Women are running out to get IUDs and stocking up on emergency contraceptives.

“We would encourage people to really take charge of their health,” Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin President and CEO Tanya Atkinson said. “Deciding on when and if to become a parent is one of the most life changing decisions a person can make.”

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is pushing for women to make a plan, and they’ve created a kit to help their patients do just that. The kit includes an emergency contraception pill, condoms and a pregnancy test.

“The different methods really, really depend on what the person wants for themselves, wants for their lifestyle,” Atkinson said.

Owner and Pharmacist at Hayat Pharmacy, Dr. Hashim Zaibak, said he’s seeing peaked interest about emergency contraceptives, like Plan B, since the draft was leaked.

“We haven’t seen an increase in the number of units sold, but people are calling and asking,” Zaibak said.

Emergency contraception pills are available over the counter without a prescription. Although, it may be covered by insurance with a prescription.

“It basically either prevents the ovulation or prevents the fertilization of the egg, and sometimes it prevents the implantation of the egg into the uterus,” Zaibak said.

Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, Zaibak said there’s plenty of preventative options for women. 

“I’m just telling people don’t panic. Don’t buy it unless it’s absolutely necessary. You don’t have to stock it at home,” Zaibak said.

Experts say even if the Supreme Court’s decision is made official, it would not impact birth control options in Wisconsin. 

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