U.S. OKs Nonprescription ‘Morning-After’ Pill Sales
Posted on Aug 24, 2006
This is a home run for women’s reproductive rights. However, over-the-counter sales are available only to women 18 and older. And that restriction isn’t based on science. It’s based on the paranoid and unfounded fear that the drug would encourage promiscuity among teens.
US government regulators have authorized over-the-counter sales to adults of the “morning-after” contraceptive pill, the FDA said.
“The US Food and Drug Administration today announced approval of Plan B, a contraceptive drug, as an over-the-counter option for women aged 18 and older. Plan B is often referred to as emergency contraception or the ‘morning after pill.’”, an FDA statement said.
Plan B, which chemically is 0.75mg levonorgestrel, will remain available as a prescription drug for those under the age of 18, the agency said.