Knoxvillians react to federal ruling on Plan B

Knoxvillians react to federal ruling on Plan B

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"We've had it, we just don't have very much demand for it," said Long's Drug Store owner and pharmacist Hank Peck. "We've had it, we just don't have very much demand for it," said Long's Drug Store owner and pharmacist Hank Peck.
"If you can kind of just take care of the problem quick, then why be safe in the first place?" said Holly Patton. "If you can kind of just take care of the problem quick, then why be safe in the first place?" said Holly Patton.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A federal judge has ruled the so-called morning-after pill should be sold over the counter to girls of any age.

People under 17 are currently required to get a prescription for emergency contraceptives such as Plan B.

Long's Drug Store, along with several other independent pharmacies in town, doesn't generally carry the morning-after pill. 

"We've had it, we just don't have very much demand for it," said owner and pharmacist Hank Peck.

He said even if a prescription isn't required, girls should seek medical advice.

"When you have a chance to engage the pharmacist or call and talk to your doctor, if you have someone in your neighborhood that's a friend who is a nurse, doctor or pharmacist, it just helps you be better informed about what you're doing," Peck said.

We asked some Long's customers for their opinion on over-the-counter sales of Plan B to those younger than 17.

"I don't like it. I think it will just induce young girls to have sex and then go get the pill and not worry," said Janet Vail.

"If you can kind of just take care of the problem quick, then why be safe in the first place?" said Holly Patton.

There was also a lively debate on our WATE 6 News Facebook page where Jennifer Long wrote "If my daughter needs this product I'm glad it's there for her. I'd rather find this than a pregnancy test three months later."

The judge ordered the morning-after pill to be sold without a prescription within 30 days. That decision can be appealed.

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