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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:58 AM
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Agency overrules FDA, says no to teens getting morning-after pill without prescription
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Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services overrules the Food and Drug Administration, saying no to younger teens having access to the morning-after pill without a prescription.

Teva Pharmaceuticals wants its Plan B morning-after pill to become the first truly over-the-counter form of emergency contraception. The pill can prevent pregnancy if taken soon after unprotected sex. Currently, women 17 and older can buy it without a prescription if they show a pharmacist proof of age. Younger teens need a prescription.

Doctors' and women's health groups have long argued that the pill is safe even for younger teens and that lifting the age restriction would increase access for everyone. The nearly decade-long over-the-counter push even wound up in federal court, where a judge in 2009 ordered the Food and Drug Administration to consider lifting the age limit.

Teva formally made that request for its Plan B One-Step in February, and the FDA's deadline to decide is Wednesday. If the FDA agrees, Plan B One-Step could be moved from behind the counter to sell on drugstore shelves.

Read more: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/healthcare/story/20...
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