FDA to Decide if Plan B Will Become Available to Teens Younger Than 17

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The government is considering whether it's OK for young teenagers to buy emergency contraception without a prescription.

Teva Pharmaceuticals wants its Plan B morning-after pill to become the first truly over-the-counter form of emergency contraception. The pill can prevent pregnancy if taken soon after unprotected sex. Currently, women 17 and older can buy it without a prescription if they show a pharmacist proof of age. Younger teens need a prescription.

Doctors' and women's health groups have long argued that the pill is safe even for younger teens and that lifting the age restriction would increase access for everyone. If the Food and Drug Administration agrees, Plan B One-Step could be moved from behind the counter to sell on drugstore shelves. Teva was expecting a decision today.

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  • by THINKER Location: Florida on Dec 9, 2011 at 07:33 AM
    It's not a "should be" world...it's an "IS" world...teens are just more open about having sex and calling it by other names...will plan B increase sexual activity? NO. Mores stay the same regardless of majority activity. The pendulum swings both ways.
  • by Betsy Location: Moultrie, Ga on Dec 7, 2011 at 11:33 PM
    Supplying women witb a morning after pill is wrong. It goes against God's plan for children to be born whether out of wedlock or within the bonds of marriage. Anyway, teens and adults should not be sexually active before marriage. We live in a sin-sick world.
  • by THINKER Location: Florida on Dec 7, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    Reality check! Who's kidding who? Under 17 teens are just as sexually active if not more so as over 18 yr olds. When a teen is mature enough to begin sexual activity, then they're old enough to make decisions about the consequences of that activity. IOW--BABIES. No wonder the world is over populated with idiots.
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