TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

'Plan B' on the way to shelves sans limits

About The Tribune-Review
The Tribune-Review can be reached via e-mail or at 412-321-6460.
Contact Us | Video | Photo Reprints

Daily Photo Galleries


By The Associated Press

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The morning-after pill is going over-the-counter.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step, lifting all age limits on the emergency contraceptive.

The move occurred a week after the Obama administration ended months of back-and-forth legal battles by promising a federal judge that it would take that step. Women's health advocates had pushed for easier access to next-day birth control for more than a decade.

“Over-the-counter access to emergency contraceptive products has the potential to further decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the United States,” FDA drug chief Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement announcing the approval.

It wasn't clear how quickly Plan B One-Step would move from behind pharmacy counters to sit on pharmacy shelves. Until now, customers could buy that morning-after pill and competing generic versions without a prescription only if they proved to a pharmacist that they were 17 or older.

The FDA said the product must be repackaged to reflect the change;. Maker Teva Women's Health didn't immediately respond.

The agency, though, has not lifted age limits on competing generics.

The morning-after pill contains a higher dose of the hormone in regular birth-control pills. Taking it within 72 hours of rape, condom failure or just forgetting traditional contraception can cut the chances of pregnancy by up to 89 percent.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Warnings on youths, codeine unheeded; lack of effectiveness, dangers had been raised
  2. Space station receives Easter cargo delivery
  3. Art from ‘Dick and Jane’ series set for auction
  4. Shale oil, gas drilling boom wins favor with labor unions, thwarting environmentalists
  5. Ruling on Cleveland police chase questioned
  6. Seafood study: Up to 32 percent imported to U.S. is caught illegally
  7. Study of corn waste as fuel source finds gasoline less damaging to atmosphere
  8. Wyoming officials to drill at landslide’s crest
  9. Navy endorses 24-hour sleep cycle for sailors
  10. Postal Service overhaul expected to appeal to Dems
  11. Colorado deaths stoke marijuana worries
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.