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FDA finally approves Plan B—but with restrictions

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 31 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:461
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The US Food and Drug Administration has finally approved the emergency contraceptive Plan B for sale over the counter to women aged 18 or over.

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    Hillary Clinton blocked the FDA commissioner's appointment until Plan B was approved


    Plan B is a two pill, high dose regimen of the oral contraceptive levonorgestrel. It is about 90% effective in preventing pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

    Plan B will be available towards …

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