FDA OKs morning-after pill retail sale

August 24, 2006

Over-the-counter sale of Plan B, or the morning-after contraceptive pill was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday.

In a statement, the agency said it will be available only to women 18 years old or older, and that a prescription would still be required for anyone younger.

Plan B contains the same ingredient used in prescription birth control pills, but a higher dose and the product has a different dosing regimen, the statement said.

When used as directed, it effectively and safely prevents pregnancy, the FDA said.

The drug will be marketed by Duramed, a subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: AARP: Prescription drug prices on the rise

Related Stories

Google to settle drug probe for $500 million

August 24, 2011

Google will pay $500 million to settle charges that it sold advertisements to Canada-based online pharmacies which marketed drugs to Americans in violation of US law, US justice officials announced Wednesday.

US aims at its deadliest drug problem: painkillers

April 20, 2011

(AP) -- The White House drug czar wants doctors, states and law enforcement working harder to stop America's deadliest drug-abuse problem: highly addictive prescription painkillers. They are killing more people than heroin ...

Free Lipitor, Viagra, other drugs for jobless

May 14, 2009

(AP) -- Pfizer Inc. is unveiling a new program Thursday that will let people who have lost their jobs and health insurance keep taking some widely prescribed Pfizer medications - including Lipitor and Viagra - for free for ...

Recommended for you

Don't forget plankton in climate change models, says study

November 26, 2015

A new study from the University of Exeter, published in the journal Ecology Letters, found that phytoplankton - microscopic water-borne plants - can rapidly evolve tolerance to elevated water temperatures. Globally, phytoplankton ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.