Beaumont Enterprise, Dec. 8, 2006http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17565213&BRD=2287&PAG=461&dept_id=512551&rfi=6 While the emergency contraception prescription drug Plan B became available for over-the-counter purchase in the United States last month, not all pharmacies are carrying it. An informal survey of independent pharmacies in Southeast Texas found Thursday that while several establishments will fill prescriptions for the drug, they aren't carrying it as an over-the-counter item. At the University of Texas Medical Branch-Regional Maternal Child Health Program in Beaumont, the prescription drug has been available for several years, ever since it first became available, said Weldene Baertl, UTMB regional director and a certified nurse-midwife. The prescription drug was approved by the FDA in 1999, according to the agency's Web site. Since the clinic's pharmacy is not a retail pharmacy, the clinic cannot dispense the over-the-counter version of Plan B, Baertl said. But it can provide the prescription form to patients.