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Justice Dept. To Appeal Morning-After Pill Ruling

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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Pharmacist holds package of "Plan B" emergency contraceptive tablets (AP)

Associated Press Release
By LAURAN NEERGAARD and JOSH LEDERMAN

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department is appealing a judge's decision lifting all age limits on the Plan B morning-after birth control pill and a cheaper generic.

The federal government says the judge who issued the ruling had exceeded his authority and that his decision should be suspended while the appeal is underway.

U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York had given the Food and Drug Administration until Monday to lift all age limits on Plan B and cheaper generic. The judge mandated that emergency contraception be sold just like aspirin.

On Tuesday, the FDA said anyone 15 or older could begin buying one brand, Plan B One-Step, without a prescription -- two years younger than the current age limit of 17.


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