FDA Lowers Age for Buyers of Plan B Pill to 15

Packaging for one brand of the Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet, also known as the "morning-after pill." The Justice Department will seek to block a decision to remove the pill's age restrictions.

Packaging for one brand of the Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet, also known as the "morning-after pill." The Justice Department will seek to block a decision to remove the pill's age restrictions.

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By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press

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.

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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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