The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has approved an amended application submitted by Teva Women’s Health, Inc. to offer Plan B One-Step without prescription to women 15 years old and older.
The emergency contraceptive will now be sold on store shelves instead of behind pharmacy counters.
Plan-B, better known as the “morning after pill” will now be labeled as not for sale to those younger than 15 and will require identification to prove age.
“Research has shown that access to emergency contraceptive products has the potential to further decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the United States,” FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. said in a statement. “The data reviewed by the agency demonstrated that women 15 years of age and older were able to understand how Plan B One-Step works, how to use it properly, and that it does not prevent the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease.”
Plan B One-Step is an emergency contraceptive intended to reduce the possibility of pregnancy following unprotected sex. It decreases the possibility of pregnancy when taken immediately or within three days after unprotected sexual intercourse. It does not terminate pregnancy if already pregnant.
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