CVS: No Birth Control
CVS: No Birth Control
Won't sell morning-after pill to man
If you keep a Plan B morning-after pill around for emergencies, sometimes it's going to get used, which means you're going to have to go get a new one, right?
And if you're a chivalrous dude, you'll offer to do the chore yourself.
That's what Isaac Kurtz set out to do, and so he went to the downtown CVS on Main Street and asked the pharmacist for a Plan B pill and a pregnancy test.
No way, the pharmacist said.
"She tells me she needs to speak with the woman," Kurtz says. "I'm taken aback by this and ask her what she needs to talk to her about, I bought them here before without issue. She then tells me she won't sell it to men."
Kurtz says the pharmacist told him that it was her "personal belief," and not CVS policy, that led to her refusal to sell the item to him.
We asked CVS about all this, and they said mistakes were made.
"We apologize for the isolated incident in our Houston pharmacy in which a male customer was unable to purchase this item," CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis said. "We are following up [with] the pharmacy staff to ensure that our policies are properly followed to prevent a recurrence of this incident."
Here's his description of the company's policy:
CVS/pharmacy's policy is to follow FDA regulations for the sale of emergency contraception and it is our pharmacists' responsibility to ensure that all customer needs are promptly and completely satisfied. As such, there is no company policy that prevents the sale of emergency contraception to a male customer. Under federal law and some state laws, we must also accommodate a religious conviction that may prevent a pharmacist from dispensing a medication, provided that other arrangements can be made in advance to ensure the customer's medication needs can be satisfied.
So be a man and go get your woman her damn pills, dudes. CVS won't stop you.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.