Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
Actually, not quite true (I apologize if someone else pointed this out later as I haven't read all 7 pages!! of the thread yet).
Plan B can work in two ways. It does prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg BUT if an egg has already been released, it stops the fertilized egg from implanting in the uterine wall.
From your own source:
he active ingredients in morning-after pills are similar to those in birth control pills, except in higher doses. Some morning-after pills contain only one hormone, progestin (Plan B), and others contain two, progestin and estrogen. Progestin prevents the sperm from reaching the egg and keeps a fertilized egg from attaching to the wall of the uterus (implantation). Estrogen stops the ovaries from releasing eggs (ovulation) that can be fertilized by sperm.
Just confirming what you have said... Plan B can possibly prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg, and to some people, this equals abortion. To them, a two-celled zygote holds the same sacredness as a full-term infant. To most people, though, this is not an issue and don't worry about it. Usually, however, the primary mechanism is to change the secretions of the uterus and cervix so that the sperm do not reach the ovum to begin with.
RU-486 can cause an abortion weeks (by causing uterine contractions) and even months into a pregnancy, whereas Plan B cannot.
I do think revoking a license is quite harsh... as I have explained, I know for a fact that the activists on the other side of the issue will not back down, and they, unforunately, have the most power in our law-making these days. Pharmacists will keep refusing to fill Rxs like these as long as they think they have legal and public support (and as it is, they do in most areas of the country!). Either laws need to be changed, or a compromise needs to be made.
If we ever got to the point where the majority of our population thought it was a punishable offense for an Rph to refuse to dispense OCs, RU-486, or Plan B, then I would support some kind of legal reprimand or order, such as to practice in an area of pharmacy where one would not encounter such circumstances (pharmacists can do a lot more than retail)... but not taking away a license for a lifetime!
It would help if companies would make their policies clear, as well.. some Rphs get fired for this, others get applauded, all depending on where you live. Perhaps it should be part of a hiring contract, and if it is a private pharmacy, then it is obviously up to the Rph, but the policy should be posted at the door, and the address of a pharmacy that will dispense should be given as well.