Government Intrusion and Private Pharmacies
According to this article, Wal-Mart "chooses not to carry many products for business reasons," but declined to elaborate.
And why should they? Whether their decision is based on moralistic views or simply their assessment of "what sells", whose business is it?
Let's assume that this particular application of the law is not in any way guided by politics and that the motivations of the regulators are as pure as the driven snow. Is the "morning after" pill truly a commonly prescribed medication to the extent of drugs such as Lipitor, Prozac or amoxacillin?
Might a government regulatory body be abusing its power to further hidden (or not so hidden) agendas? Probably yes -- especially since this decision came two weeks after Wal-Mart was sued by three women acting on behest of Planned Parenthood and NARAL to have this medication listed in this way. Suspecting a pro-Plan B constituency, perhaps politicians (maybe even two prominent Massachusetts senators) did provide some "input". Personally, I doubt that the manufacturers of Plavix would be able to generate similar political interest.
Don't get me wrong, I think Plan B is an important drug and I think women should have the right to decide whether or not to use it. I just don't want the government micromanaging private enterprise in this way.
CVS (the largest pharmacy chain in Massachusetts) and the other major chains in the area do carry the drug. Obviously these companies see a valuable market and have responded accordingly. Women most assuredly are not in any way being shut out.
I'd advocate a little less government intervention and a little more faith in the law of supply and demand.