Plan B is available over the counter for people 17 and older.
February 6, 2012 Access to emergency contraception has swirled at the center of a recent flurry of debate over insurance coverage. The most popular brand, Plan B, is a pill women can take if their birth control fails or they forget to use it. Today, about 10 percent of sexually active women say they've used Plan B.
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December 23, 2011 The Obama administration is trudging ahead with policies designed to protect the integrity of scientific research. But critics of the process say the policies that have been released so far don't do enough to prevent political manipulation of science.
December 9, 2011 In defending Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' decision to countermand for now the FDA's approval of the Plan B morning-after pill for over-the-counter sale to minors, President Obama gave an explanation that left many critics unsatisfied. He said there was no confidence that 10 or 11 year olds could use the drug properly. That's a weaker case than another that was available.
December 8, 2011 The Health and Human Services secretary overruled the FDA's opinion that the "Plan B" emergency contraceptive pill is safe and effective enough to be sold without a prescription — and without any age restrictions. Women's health advocates say the action reminds them of how the Bush administration treated the issue.
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Teenagers won't be able to the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step without a prescription.
December 7, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration had decided that a version of the morning-after emergency contraceptive pill could be sold without a prescription to buyers of any age. But the head of the Department of Health and Human Services overruled the FDA.
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