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FDA Nixes Over-the-Counter Sales of 'Morning After' Pill

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FDA Nixes Over-the-Counter Sales of 'Morning After' Pill

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FDA Nixes Over-the-Counter Sales of 'Morning After' Pill

FDA Nixes Over-the-Counter Sales of 'Morning After' Pill

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Officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decide not to allow over-the-counter sales of the so-called "morning-after pill," which helps prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after sexual contact. FDA officials say they are concerned girls younger than 16 won't use the pills properly — but critics say the FDA ignored the advice of its own experts and caved in to pressure from conservative groups, who praise the FDA's ruling. NPR's Julie Rovner reports.