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Pharmacists Flunk Emergency Contraception

Don't count on your pharmacist to help you handle a pregnancy scare. A recent survey conducted by Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) found that only three out of 100 city druggists were able to provide accurate information about the "morning-after" pill -- oral contraceptives prescribed for post-coital pregnancy prevention.

According to the poll, 37 out of the 100 pharmacists knew nothing at all about emergency contraception (EC), and 60 offered incorrect information. More troubling still, 11 said that EC was illegal. Such misinformation can result in an unwanted pregnancy, because EC is only effective if used within 72 hours after unprotected sex. "Since pharmacists are obligated by law to be current on medicines, I was appalled by our findings," says PPNYC president Alexander C. Sanger. For accurate information on emergency contraception, call (888) NOT-2-LATE.

Media Resources: New Woman - September, 1999