FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15

FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15 (Image 1)
FDA lowers age for buyers of Plan B pill to 15 (Image 1)

WASHINGTON (AP) – 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.

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