Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

FDA Approves Plan B Over The Counter

Plan-BMay is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and the FDA has started it off with a major announcement.  The agency will allow a form of women's emergency contraception known as "Plan B One-Step" to be sold over the counter, and to women as young as 15.  

The FDA says Plan B is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy, and that there should be no need for a doctor's prescription.  

Jill June, president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, says the advantage of the new policy is speed.  The sooner the medication is taken, the more effective it is.

A federal judge had ordered the FDA to make emergency contraception available without an age limit, and the Justice Department is challenging that ruling, but the FDA says this decision is independent of that court case.  

The FDA considers Plan B a contraceptive and not an abortion pill, because it works by preventing pregnancy, not terminating it.

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