CVS and Rite Aid Issue Purchase Limits On Plan B Pills After Demand Spikes

Plan B Pills are being limited to consumers around the world due to spike in demand

Retailers are beginning to place purchase limits on Plan B Pills and similar emergency contraceptives as demand surges.

Plan B Emergency Contraceptives Are Being Sold In Limits at CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart following the overturn of Roe v. Wade
Plan B, the brand name morning-after pill have new purchase limits as demand spikes following the overturn of Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the constructional right to abortion has led consumers to flee to retailers to purchase emergency contraceptive in large quantities.

On Tuesday morning, CVS and Rite Aid have confirmed to NBC News that purchases have been limited to three-per- person due to the extreme spike in demand.

Limits include Plan B One-Step and Aftera, which are both brand name products of the morning-after pill that include the hormone levonorgestrel. The products are intended to prevent ovulation, block fertilization or keep a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

CVS told NBC it has “ample supply” of the medications but that the company wants to ensure “equitable access” and a consistent supply.

According to Wall Street Journal, Walmart has also weighed in on the subject allowing purchases of 4-6 per customer, but only on products that will not ship until next month.

Walgreens is reportedly not limiting purchases, though home delivery is not available at this time due to the demand.

Doctors and pharmacies urge consumers to note that the morning-after pill isn’t intended for regular use, and Plan B and similar brands are not abortion-inducing drugs.

Sunscreens You Should Avoid: J&J Neutrogena, Coppertone, And More

If you’re thinking about reusing your left over sunscreen from last year, think again.

Last spring, at least 15 brands and 25 million sunscreen and after-sun care products were recalled for containing low levels of a known carcinogen, benzene.

Benzene is considered to be a highly flammable chemical that is typically found in crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke. It can also be traced when manufacturing plastics, synthetic fibers, dyes, detergents, as well as pesticides.

Long term exposure at high levels can increase cancer risk, cause damage to the immune system, and prevent cells from functioning properly according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the shorter term, breathing in the carcinogen can cause dizziness, headaches, and other symptoms.

Before dabbling in last year’s leftover supply, recheck your labels for lot numbers to discard of any previously recalled items.

Recent Sunscreen Recalled List

Among the list of 78 sunscreens that tested positive for low levels of benzene, Johnson & Johnson recalled five of it’s products including:

  • Neutrogena Beach Defense Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Aerosol Sunscreen
  • Aveeno Protect + Refresh aerosol sunscreen

and Coppertone also recalled several of its products including:

  • Coppertone Pure & Simple SPF 50, 
  • Coppertone Pure & Simple Kids SPF 50
  • Coppertone Pure & Simple Baby SPF 50
  • Coppertone Sport Mineral SPF 50
  • Travel-size Coppertone Sport Spray SPF 50

While these brands removed their products from shelves temporarily, Johnson & Johnson said in a statement, “use of these products would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences” and were recalled “out of an abundance of caution.”

Woman putting on sunscreen
Woman applying sunscreen [Shutterstock]

Consumer Reports tested aerosol products for benzene in this year’s sunscreen ratings and test results came back negative for the carcinogen.

It’s important to note that benzene isn’t an active ingredient listed in the products, so label checking isn’t sufficient.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement, “This contamination may be related to inactive ingredients such as carbomers (thickening agents), isobutane (a spray propellant), or other drug components made from hydrocarbons,” according to Consumer Reports.

Experts say consumers should continue to use safe sunscreen options, as it helps avoid skin cancer and other sun-related damage.

Tampon Shortage Running Rampant: Here’s What You Should Know

Tampons

It’s not just you. Tampons are getting harder to find on the shelves and pricier too.

Tampon Shelf [Shutterstock]

Nationwide shortages are not easing up as supply chain issues continue to persist and is now affecting feminine hygiene products.

First, we experienced the nationwide baby formula shortage, amid factory shutdown, and now we’re seeing shortages across the board including on tampons.

Why is there a tampon shortage?

Supply chain issues have been affecting Americans since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, when labor demands grew higher and wages were not increased.

For many businesses, they’ve struggled to hire new workers due to the unemployment pay that was ripping through the country surrounding the fear of in-person positions due to the covid-19 virus.

As a result, the downfall of laborers happened, international manufactures began running into skyrocketing costs of raw materials, and business owners have shifted their production plans to better suit the demand of buyers.

According to the New York Times, Andre Schulten, the chief financial officer of Procter & Gamble — which manufactures Tampax, the tampon giant that sells 4.5 billion boxes globally each year — said on a recent earnings call that it had been “costly and highly volatile” to acquire the raw materials needed for production, such as cotton and plastic.

Inflation costs are also making it more difficult to source the product and making them more expensive for consumers.

Bloomberg reported that the average price for a package of menstrual pads increased by just over 8 percent from the start of this year through the end of May, while the price of tampons increased by nearly 10 percent.

These global supply chain issues have been disrupting not only tampons, but also seeing shortages in other common goods such as toilet paper, cars, housing inventory, and kitchen appliances.

What to do if you’re running out of tampons?

There are a variety of other menstrual products available outside of tampons. Though tampons are a popular option, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups and disks, and an array of absorbing underwear are available where supplies are sold.

Many period underwear brands sell for $30-40 per pair, while cups and disks are sold anywhere from $25-$35 and can be reused.

Disposable and reusable options in conjunction with tampons may be the best alternative until temporary shortage is restored to normal inventory.

Drs. warn against stretching tampon wear for longer than average times, as toxic shock syndrome is rare, but can be life threatening when wearing chemical inserts for more than 8 hours or use one with too much absorbency.

Target Cutting Prices To Clear Out Inventory

Target Stores + Slashing Prices

Target is working to clear out inventory amid the economic downfall and holiday shopping seasons.

Target Stores + Slashing Prices
Target Stores Slashing Prices To Clear Out Inventory

Target is aggressively getting in front of the economic crisis and pitfall of amassed inventory flood by slashing prices, particularly in the home goods and clothing sections, to clear out bloated inventory.

Target told its investors on Tuesday that they may experience a short-term hit to profits as they slash their prices to get rid of unwanted inventory, cancels orders, and take necessary steps to get rid of inventory.

This news came after a pronounced spending shift by Americans, as they are spending less money investing in home upgrades and renovations, and making more selective purchases on groceries, travel, and other pre-pandemic routines.

“We thought it was prudent for us to be decisive, act quickly, get out in front of this, address and optimize our inventory in the second quarter — take those actions necessary to remove the excess inventory and set ourselves up to continue to be guest relevant with our assortment,” CEO Brian Cornell said in an interview with CNBC.

As inflation across the country steadily rises, Cornell says swift action will allow Target to fend of further pain, and make room for items that are in greater demand, such as groceries, beauty products, household essentials and even prepare for seasonal items like back-to-school and the holidays.

He says the company will begin to see a much healthier profit margin in the later half of the year, increasing from it’s current operating margin rate of two percent to projected six percent as they get rid of stale inventory like TVs, small kitchen appliances, and other merchandise that was in greater demand during the pandemic that would shy customers away.

This isn’t just news for Target and it’s investors. Other major retailers have reported similar pains of inflated inventory and small profit margins as well.

Walmart said at its annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday that 20% of its elevate inventory is items they wishes they never had. Gap also cited elevated inventory levels and says customers tend to skip over fleece, hoodies, and activewear and focuses more on party dresses, and office clothes.

“Retail inventory is elevated.” Michael Fiddelke, Target’s chief financial officer said in a phone interview to the Associated Press on Monday. “And they certainly are for us, in some of the categories that we misforecast. We determined that acting aggressively was the right way to continue to fuel the business.”

Fiddelke says Target is working with suppliers to use raw materials from canceled orders toward other goods that are more popular and relevant in today’s market. The canceled orders have production lead times of up to nine months, he said, and shifting their bottom line for end-of-year sales as supply chain issues cool down is believed to be in the best interest of the company.

Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Program Returns: Here’s What You Should Know

Target Retail Store Signage, St,Paul,MN/USA
Target Retail Store Signage, St,Paul,MN/USA
Photo Credits: Ken Woltor, Shutterstock

Next Trade-In Window Is April 18 – April 30, 2022.

Alright Moms, The popular car seat trade-in is coming back this month and we want you to get the most out of this experience.

Twice a year, you can bring an old, expired or damaged car seat to Target and recycle it to redeem a coupon on your Target app or Target.com/circle for 20% off one car seat, one stroller or select baby gear. Materials from the old car seats are recycled by Target’s partner, Waste Management. 

Trade-ins must be made during the next window, April 18 – April 30, 2022, and eligible purchases using the 20% off coupon can be redeemed through May 14, 2022.

Target’s Forward Program has reported 1.7 million car seats have been recycled since 2016 and has directly contributed to their commitment of reduced waste.

More information can be found at target.com or visit your local store.

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