plan b

The FDA has decided not to take any action against Shippensburg University’s usage of Plan B vending machines. Plan B is an over-the-counter medication available without prescription for those 17 years old or older at pharmacies and drug stores around the nation. It’s meant to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Last year, Shippensburg University came under fire because many felt that the vending machines would actually encourage students to have more sex.

“FDA looked at publicly available information about Shippensburg’s vending program and spoke with university and campus health officials and decided not to take any regulatory actions,” Erica V. Jefferson, a FDA spokeswoman, said in a statement made available to MSN News.

The vending machine that dispenses the Plan B pills, for $25, are located inside the health center. Only students and employees have access to the machines. Although the machines have been at Shippensburg for the last 3 years, it wasn’t widely known until it was made public to the media.

Officials from the University met with several campus interest groups, including alumni, trustees, the University Forum and Student Senate to discuss the vending machines, said Peter Gigliotti, director of communications for the university.

“Both the Student Senate and the University Forum passed resolutions that the medication should continue to be dispensed,” he said in an e-mail. University President Bill Ruud said last year the evaluation would also involve contacting other higher education institutions across the country about their dispensing methods. Gigliotti’s  research found Plan B available at institutions across the state and nation and is considered by experts in the field of college medicine to be part of the standard of care.

Although the vending machines are located in a public University, Shippensburg receives no outside funding for the program. ”No state-supported or taxpayer-supported dollars are used for this service and students, as part of the support services offered by the university, have the opportunity to discuss Plan B and any important decisions in their lives with medical, pastoral or counseling staff,” Gigliotti said.

What do you think of the fact that this medication is available in a vending machine? Do you think the vending machine could possibly encourage unprotected sex because they can easily obtain Plan B, or is the University protecting its students from the possible consequences?

  • Tonton Michel

    Very good move, make it cost efficient. As if teens needed an excuse to have sex. gtfoh.

  • MissyL

    I don’t see an issue in regards to encouraging or discouraging sex however I do think that what it encourages is a quick fix. Plan B is not a form of birth control for regular use and I think this can be perceived as such. Though most college students don’t have a dollar to their name in many cases some may see $25 after a nigh of unprotected sex as a means to use as a “just in case” on a regular basis. I also think that this could further discourage those who have been sexually assaulted from seeking help and proper justice because they may just go get the pill and try to forget it ever happened. Hopefully college students won’t see this as a “it all goes away pill” and will use it sparingly as it is intended.

  • Ms. Information

    I think there is potential for abuse…women with poor sexual behavior might use the pill instead of condoms since it is so readily available-especially college aged women.

  • MissyL

    and an additional point I failed to make is that is gives the illusion pregnancy is the only issue when it comes to unprotected sex. If they will have plan b in vending machines then they need to offer condom also.

  • AnnT

    That’s kind of hard to tell.
    Unless there’s a usage report of how many units have been sold in the last three years since the vending machines presence, there is no way of knowing.

    Even if there was a usage report, someone could argue that the number of woman students who purchased the products for a non-college student inflates the use.
    (Not gonna lie, if I where a struggling student, and someone offered me $20 to get them the pill, I’d consider doing it.)

    Since the support services offer counseling from medical and pastoral staff, I would *hope* these college students are not constantly jeopardizing their own future with risky sex.

  • KR

    They used have one of these machines in every ghetto in this country. Blacks currently have as many abortions as they do live births. That is outrageous! Factor in 72% illegitmacy and it’s obvious the overwhelming majority of black pregnancies are unplanned and black women are in the dark ages when it comes to birth control.

    The narrative of condoms only and female contraceptives are optional/not needed is just plain laughable. It has never worked for any race nor nation in the world. Yet you all are promoting this failed ghetto myth to sexually active black teens and young adults? They’re being setup for failure. Funny thing is a lot of the black women promoting this condoms only nonsense are never married baby mamas or previous clients of abortion clinics. “Shrugz” Yes, plan on using a condom every time but if you don’t want to get pregnant you better have a back up plan. If you don’t, and you’re a healthy young sexually active woman……. sooner or later you’re going to get pregnant. Fact! Condoms are good for prevention of STD’s and short term hookups. That’s it. When trust is built and emotions and feeling are involved the condom is almost always not used or not used as often. It’s just a fact of life, regardless of race.

  • Aragon

    While I think that making emergency contraceptives like Plan B readily available is fantastic, I would want them available in a way that’s a little bit more private. If I were in need of the pill, I’d rather go to a counter and discreetly request it than obtain it from a vending machine where everyone in the room can see what I’m getting.

    Plan B has some pretty significant and commonly experienced side effects. I don’t think anyone is going to start using it as their everyday contraceptive. I think there are already plenty of women, college-aged and otherwise, using the Pill (not Plan B, but daily birth control pills) instead of condoms; I don’t think Plan B’s availability will increase their numbers.

  • geekmommarants

    Birth Control is important, however, HIV and HPV are not handled with Plan B. Condoms are still required.

  • donnadara

    These pills can be bought without a prescription by anyone over 17 in most drugstores, so what’s the big deal? It’s just a convenience for the students.

  • Robbie

    I can add to that a long list of other sexually transmitted diseases that a lot of people seem to forget about. Syphillis, gonorrhea, herpes, Chlamydia, hepatitis and so forth… I still don’t understand why people always seem to be more concern about not getting pregnant than getting an STD.

  • AnnT

    What if there’s it’s three-day weekend and the offices are closed?

  • Tonton Michel

    Thats actually happened and been prosecuted, tough.

  • AM

    @ Robbie,

    Yes! Folks are more concerned about pregnancy than an STD/(s). Lawd!

  • AM

    Oh my,

    Hey girlie!! :) Been looking out for ya.

  • Mad Hatter

    You mean someone has planted the Plan B pill(s) into a woman’s food, unbeknownst to her??? Can someone please provide a link/sources for such in incident? That is just FOUL…

  • Tonton Michel

    Here you go,,2933,314149,00.html

    Dont know how to feel about it.

  • binks

    Good point, but why would a woman want to make a man a father if he doesn’t want to be? That sounds like these two individual should NOT be engaging in sex, the man should be packing other forms of birth control or they should have a long talk before engaging in sex. Maybe they can make a plan B pill for men to take before engaging in sex to temporarily kill sperm production. But if a woman is already pregnant or far along in her pregnancy than the plan B pill will not terminate the pregnancy and it usually has to be taken within the 5 day grace period and most women usually don’t know until a few weeks after if they are pregnant or not. But good angle I would have never thought about that point before.

  • LemonNLime

    Nothing is stopping them from doing that now, men can buy Plan B now if that want to.

  • Mademoiselle

    Plan B was already available at local pharmacies. The only things that would’ve stopped a woman from getting it were her age and/or ability to get to the pharmacy and ask for it.

  • Mademoiselle

    To be clear, the pill in your link was the abortion pill, not Plan B. Plan B has to be taken under a very strict regimen (I think it’s 2 or 3 pills that have to be taken on a specific schedule) in order to prevent insemination or attachment of the egg to the uterine wall, so any man that would try to trick a woman into Plan B would have to be very conniving in the first 3-5 days following intercourse to be effective. What this man did was lace his girlfriend’s food with the abortion pill, forcing her to miscarry months into her pregnancy. Plan B wouldn’t cause you to miscarry if you miss your window of opportunity to prevent conception (according to the manufacturer).

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