Women across the U.S. are stocking up on emergency contraceptives after the Supreme Court overturned its landmark ruling protecting a woman's right to have an abortion.
Online reproductive and sexual health provider Wisp, which sells two different types of so-called morning-after pills, said it witnessed an unprecedented 3,000% surge in sales of the emergency contraceptives after the Supreme Court's decision Friday to.
Sales of morning-after pills have continued to rise every day since and so far the company has been able to meet demand, Wisp CEO Ahmad Bani said in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch.
Customers first flocked to Wisp's website in May, after a draft version of the high court's emergency contraception products and services compared to the previous month, Bani said.. At the time, Wisp recorded a 40% surge in sales of
Wisp sells Levonorgestrel, a generic version of the Plan B pill, for $17. The pills can be taken within three days of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Wisp also sells a different type of emergency contraceptive called Ella, which can be taken within five days after sex, costs $22 and requires a prescription.
Some retailers, including national pharmacy chains CVS and Rite Aid,to preserve supply amid the spike in demand.
CVS on Monday said it was temporarily limiting purchases of morning-after pills to three boxes per transaction after seeing a sharp increase in the sale of emergency contraceptives immediately following the Supreme Court decision.
In a statement, the drugstore chain said it had "ample supply" of Plan B and Aftera, another brand-name product women can take to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if a birth control method fails. By Tuesday, sales had stabilized, according to a spokesperson, who said CVS is "in the process of removing the purchase limits, which will take effect in-store and on CVS.com over the next 24 hours."
Emergency contraceptives typically work by delaying or preventing ovulation and are intended as a backup method of birth control. The drugs are distinct from abortion drugs, which terminate pregnancies. Plan B costs $49.99 for a single pill, while Aftera costs $39.99.
Rite Aid is also limiting purchases of emergency contraceptives, including Plan B and Option 2 brand pills. Customers are limited to three pills per order, a spokesperson for the drugstore chain told CBS MoneyWatch.
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