FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15

6:17 AM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

WASHINGTON - In a surprise twist to the effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government has lowered the age limit to 15 for one brand - Plan B One-Step - and will let it be sold over the counter.

Today, Plan B and its generic competition are sold behind pharmacy counters, and people must prove they're 17 or older to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription. A federal judge had ordered those restrictions to be dropped.

But on Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a different approach: Plan B could sit on drugstore shelves with other women's health products - but buyers must prove they're 15 or older at the cash register.

Manufacturer Teva Women's Health says it plans to make the switch in a few months.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Most Watched Videos