FDA Lowers Age For Plan B Pill
The morning after pill, also known as Plan B, will be made available without a prescription to girls and women over the age of 15, and the emergency contraceptive will now be sold over the counter rather than at the pharmacy. However, buyers will still need to show cashiers proof of age, the FDA announced Tuesday. For younger teens, a prescription is necessary.
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If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or contraception failure, Plan B is 89% effective in preventing pregnancy. If taken in the first 24 hours, Plan B is up to 95% effective.
New York Times reported:
The F.D.A.’s decision did not address a federal judge’s ruling in early April that gave the F.D.A. 30 days to make the pill available for all ages without a prescription. In a scathing opinion handed down three weeks ago, Judge Edward R. Korman in the Eastern District of New York said the Obama administration had put politics before science in restricting access to the drug.
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