Plan B will be sold OTC for those 18 years old and over, so says the FDA.
The Food and Drug Administration approved an applicationtoday making the long-debated emergency contraceptive Plan B, commonly known as the "morning-after pill", available without a prescription to women 18 and older.
The FDA said Barr Laboratories, the maker of Plan B, could begin selling the drug.
It only took 2017 days for the FDA to make the decision, even though their advisory committee had overwhelmingly approved Plan B. The politics of regulating women's reproductive systems were running at full tilt during this time.
I have to have some hope that eventually Plan B will be sold OTC to young womn under the age of 18.
Allina added that restricting access to women 18 and older is disappointing. "There's no medical or scientific reason for restricting access. It sends a message that it's somehow less safe for younger women, which just isn't true," she said.
Lets remember that the drug has been proven safe for women of all ages, and that it’s young women who need easy to EC the most. But, enough with the negativity--we finally got an answer, and that’s something to be super happy about.
It is about damn time. This decision is something to celebrate, science has once again trumped politics, to echo Nancy Keenan.