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Plan B to be Available Over-the-Counter to Minors

Hey, looky there, the FDA announced (rather quietly) late today that Plan B would be available without a prescription to anyone fifteen years old and older: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/New…

This is not, as the FDA points out in a statement, a response to the recent court decision on emergency contraceptives. In that April 5 case, a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to make Plan B available over the counter to women of all ages — not just those who are 15 and older.


“The Department of Justice is considering next steps in the litigation,” FDA officials said in a statement. “In the meantime, the FDA took independent action to approve the pending application on Plan B One-Step for use without a prescription by women 15 years of age or older.”

So, we'll see how this plays out. But for now, this seems a very positive step, even if the administration has dragged its heels in recent days.

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