FDA: 'Morning-after' pill to be available over-the-counter

Plan B

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A federal judge in New York City ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make Plan B contraceptive, also known as the morning-after pill, available to younger teens without a prescription. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 4:51 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter, a decision announced by the Food and Drug Administration just days before a court-imposed deadline.

Tuesday, the FDA lowered to 15 the age at which girls and women can buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription — and said it no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters.

Instead, the pill can sit on drugstore shelves just like condoms, but that buyers would have to prove their age at the cash register.

Earlier this month, a federal judge had ruled there should be no age restrictions and gave the FDA 30 days to act. The FDA said its latest decision was independent of the court case.

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