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Yale University was forced to pull the plug on plans for vending machines that would dispense the 'morning after' pill because it does not comply with Connecticut law.
The machine, which has already been installed in a few other US universities, was being considered for Silliman College, the largest college in the center the Ivy League school.
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Plan B, a $50 progestin-only pill which can be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy, has long been free of charge for Yale students, but it required a conversation with a nurse about their sexual activity and questions about sexual assault.
After months of consultation, the machine was approved and announced in late November.
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But just a week later, the student council received word from a state official that Connecticut is one of just a few states that bans over-the-counter medicine from being sold in vending machines. While a condom dispensary would be permissible, it would not allow the sale of Plan B.
The student body has reached a compromise by confirming that Yale Health, the university's healthcare center, will provide emergency contraception for free, 24/7, without needing to speak to a clinician first.
Machines - UC - Davis - Stanford - Dartmouth
Wellness-2-Go machines were first installed at UC Davis, before Stanford, Dartmouth and some other Uni.
Although condoms and the morning after pill are legally available without a prescription, studies show they're not always accessible. A study of pharmacies in 2015 found 83 percent stocked emergency contraception - most, but not all.
Universities - Contraception - Price - Health - Centers
What's more, while most universities offer contraception for free or at a reduced price, their health centers are not always open at all hours.
While that's not the case at Yale, which has a center called Acute Health open all hours, the growing publicity of birth control...
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