U.S. teenagers should be given prescriptions for emergency contraception to keep on hand in case they ever need it, the American Academy of Pediatrics said.
Emergency contraception, such as Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA)’s Plan B One Step, should be given to teens directly ahead of time, or they should get prescriptions that will allow them to have access to the drugs as needed, the doctors’ group said in a policy statement online today.
The pills are available now without a prescription to females 17 and older and males 18 and older. A move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency contraception to be sold over the counter to girls younger than 17 was rejected by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in December 2011. The academy encouraged pediatricians to push for increased non-prescription access.
“The point of this whole piece would be to reduce unintended pregnancy,” said Cora Breuner, a member of the academy’s committee on adolescence who was a lead author of the statement.
much better to cover your ears and say la la la and never teach them about sex at all because you know they won't do it if you don't talk about it or teach them to protect themselves..... I mean, you never did any of those things before you were married or when you were a teen for sure.... oh wait....