US approves “morning after” pill without prescription for women 15 years or older

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2909 (Published 3 May 2013)
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  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of one brand of a “morning after” emergency contraceptive without a prescription for women 15 years or older.

Previously, the FDA limited non-prescription sales of the drug, Plan B One-Step, to women aged 17 years or older. Those aged 16 or under could obtain the drug but only with a prescription.

Under the new FDA rules the product will also be available on shelves in store aisles where other family planning and women’s health products are displayed. Previously the product had to be kept behind pharmacy counters and not on open shelves.

The product …

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