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Chemist Facundo Fernandez of the Georgia Institute of Technology tested morning-after pills collected from 15 different pharmacies in Lima, Peru.
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April 18, 2014 Researchers tested samples of emergency contraceptives from pharmacies across Peru's capital city. More than a quarter of the pills wouldn't have worked or contained the wrong drug.
December 19, 2013 The legal wrangling over who should be allowed to buy the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill without a prescription came to an end this year. A federal judge ruled that the emergency contraceptive couldn't be withheld from girls 16 and younger. Despite the legal ruling, many Americans support age minimums and parental consent.
June 10, 2013 U.S. agencies move to comply with U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman's order that a one-dose version of emergency contraception, such as the Plan B One-Step, be made available for purchase without an age restriction or prescription.
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U.S. District Judge Korman of New York is steamed about the administration's handling of the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill.
May 10, 2013 Iin denying the government's motion for a stay, U.S. District Court Judge Korman, who has overseen the case since 2005, also laid out several substantive problems with the situation that last week's approval by the Food and Drug Administration created.
Soon after President Obama spoke at Planned Parenthood's national conference in Washington, D.C., last Friday, the administration alienated some women's health groups.
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May 2, 2013 Days after President Obama became the first sitting president to speak before Planned Parenthood's national conference, the administration alienated some women's health groups with a controversial decision about access to emergency contraception.
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May 1, 2013 The administration's decision came a day after the FDA lowered the age for which the emergency contraceptive pill can be purchased without a prescription from 17 to 15. A U.S. district court ruling had ordered it to end all age restrictions on Plan B.
The Plan B One-Step morning-after pill will now be available to women as young as 15 without a prescription.
April 30, 2013 Under the proposal, teenagers below 15 would now need a prescription to purchase the morning-after pill. That age was previously 17. The plan would also allow the product to be sold on retail shelves, rather than behind the pharmacy counters, with age to be verified by cashiers rather than pharmacy staff.
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Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
April 5, 2013 The ruling could end a more than decade-long battle that has spanned two administrations. The decision overturns a controversial 2011 action by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius overruling the Food and Drug Administration's decision to allow sale of morning-after pill without a prescription or regard for a person's age.
February 21, 2013 Emergency contraceptives like Plan B and ella are effective at preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex. Claims that the pills are tantamount to abortion, however, aren't supported by science, say researchers. The only way the drugs work is by stopping a woman's body from ovulating.
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The Plan B pill, one version of the morning-after pill, is available without a prescription, except for women 17 and younger.
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February 14, 2013 A study finds those who used emergency contraception were about evenly divided between in their reasons. About half said it was because another contraceptive method had failed and half cited unprotected sex.
December 7, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration will not be removing age restrictions for the Plan B One Step pill — a decision that's likely to prolong a fight that has raged for more than eight years.
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