Wal-Mart to carry Plan B contraception
Retailer's pharmacies currently only carry the product in 2 states -- Illinois and Massachusetts -- as mandated by law.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - In a major turnaround, Wal-Mart will begin stocking Plan B contraceptives -- commonly referred to as the "morning-after pill" -- at all of its pharmacies, the company said Friday.
"We expected more states to require us to sell emergency contraceptives in the months ahead," said Ron Chumiuk, vice president of Pharmacy for Wal-Mart, in a statement.
"Because of this, and the fact that this is an FDA-approved product, we feel it is difficult to justify being the country's only major pharmacy chain not selling it."
Wal-Mart pharmacies in Massachusetts were required to carry emergency contraception pills after the state's pharmacy board ruled in February in favor of three women who filed complaints against the retailer. (Full story)
The company said it will maintain its conscientious objection policy, which lets employees who don't feel comfortable dispensing a prescription to refer customers to another pharmacist or pharmacy.
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