JERSEY CITY - Rite Aid has issued an apology to the Jersey City man who was denied an emergency contraceptive for his girlfriend.

The company sent Andrew Andrade a letter saying it is investigating his claim that a one of its stores refused to sell him the emergency contraceptive Plan B because he is a man.

Andrade says he was trying to buy the contraception for his girlfriend last month, but two pharmacy employees told him they could not sell it to him because of his gender. The man reported the incident to the New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union.

FDA guidelines say anyone over 17 can buy Plan B.