What is Plan B?
Plan B One Step is an emergency contraception or morning after pill, to stop pregnancy. The Plan B active ingredient is levonorgestrel, which is a female hormone that stops ovulation. Plan B has been developed to also make changes in the cervical mucus and uterine lining, which are intended to try to make it more difficult for pregnancy to occur. However, it is important to know that just like other forms of protective measures against unwanted pregnancy, it is not 100% effective. However, at the stage when it can be taken, it is the best option at that point.
The morning after pill is commonly used when other forms of contraception was either not user or is suspected of failing to be effective. As with all other forms of morning after pill, Plan B should be taken sooner rather than later, in order to have a chance to be as effective as possible in preventing pregnancy.
With Plan B One Step is uncommon for a morning after pill being just a single pill for a woman to take, rather than two pills separated by 12 hours between consumption. With Plan B, technically it can be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse to prevent an unwanted child, however it can also be taken on the first day and the sooner the better.
It is important to note that a morning after pill is not a fix all solution, it is not an abortion pill, nor is it a proper substitute for proper ongoing birth control from regular birth control pills – otherwise known simply as “the pill” – or for regular use of condoms.
Who Can Purchase Plan B?
There has been some controversy in recent times over who exactly can purchase Plan B. Confusion has been prevent both with pharmacists who many would think would be as informed as prescribing doctors, and also consumers have been confused over what is allowed.
These problems have originated from pharmacies like RiteAid and CVS who have turned away adult males who have gone into the pharmacy to purchase the medication and been turned down because they are not women!
The FDA has mandated the following rules for the dispensing of the Plan B drug. Plan B One Step from Teva Pharmaceuticals is to be sold over the counter at pharmacies, issued by pharmacists. It can be sold to either men or women, without a medical prescription, as long as they are 17 years of age or older. If a person is under 17 years of age, they will require a written prescription from their doctor in order to make the purchase.
If you have problems making a purchase, you may wish to refer to this information, or simply try a different pharmacy. There are also a number of news stories on the web about pharmacies turning down men and confirming that this is in breach of the federal law governing how drugs, and specifically Plan B, is to be dispensed.
Plan B Discount Coupons
There are a variety of discount coupons for the purchase of Plan B One Step manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Some of these are issued by online pharmacies and can be used solely at their online store. Other coupons have a broader use and can be printed out, and handed over when making a prescription drug purchase at such independent stand alone pharmacies as RiteAid and CVS, as well as smaller pharmacies inside the big box stores like Wal*Mart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger and many more.
One example of a valid discount coupon for Plan B that applies to a single store is:
This an online store for electronic purchases of medication and other items online.
Birth Control Card offer a printable coupon that can provide a variable discount (depending on the participating pharmacy store involved). Most pharmacies accept such coupons, particularly Boots The Chemist, Albertsons, CVS/Pharmacy, Aurora Pharmacy, freds Pharmacy, Longs Drugs, Safeway, A&P and Cub Pharmacy. This coupon can be found on the web page here:
Here is another printable coupon, actually from Teva Women’s Health themselves, for a $10 discount. That can be found here:
Discounts for Plan B One Step run from $5 to up to $12 from some outlets or online pharmacies who can pass on cost savings from not having a network of expensive physical stores to operate. Given the high cost of female contraception as well as how essential it can be, this is a welcome reduction in the costs involved.