FDA allows OTC morning-after pill, lifts age limit

7:23 PM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON - The morning-after pill is going over-the-counter.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step, lifting all age limits on the emergency contraceptive.

The move came a week after the Obama administration promised a federal judge it would take that step -- ending a decade-plus struggle by women's health advocates for nonprescription access to next-day birth control.

The administration had fought lifting age restrictions but gave in after several losses in court. Thursday's move applies only to one brand.

The morning-after pill is a higher dose of regular birth control that can prevent pregnancy if taken soon enough after unprotected sex. Until now, women could buy it without a prescription only if they proved to a pharmacist that they were 17 or older.

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