in health centers at hundreds of colleges and universities around the country, young women are paying sharply higher prices for prescription contraceptives because of a change in federal law.
the increases have meant that some students using popular [color=#004276]birth control
pills and other products are paying three and four times as much as they did several months ago. the higher prices have also affected about 400 community health centers nationwide used by poor women.
the change is due to a provision in a federal law that ended a practice by which drug manufacturers provided prescription [color=#004276]contraception
to the health centers at deeply discounted rates. the centers then passed along the savings to students and others.
"the potential is that women will stop taking it, and whether or not you can pay for it, that doesn't mean that you'll stop having sex," said katie ryan, a senior at the university of north dakota in grand forks, who said that the monthly cost of her ortho tri-cyclen lo, a popular birth control pill, recently jumped to nearly $50 from $12.