FDA: Morning-after pill to move over-the-counter

FDA: Morning-after pill to move over-the-counter

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by LAURAN NEERGAARD / AP Medical Writer

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 5:59 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 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 the age at which girls and women can buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription to 15-years-old, 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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