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Saga ends as FDA OKs Plan B for all ages

Posted by: Colleen Stoxen Updated: June 21, 2013 - 12:17 PM

The Plan B "emergency" contraceptive (levonorgestrel) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for any female of child-bearing potential.

The announcement followed an April ruling by the U.S. District Court in New York that the product had to be made available without restriction, including age.

Plan B is meant to reduce the chances of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or suspected contraceptive failure. The product was first approved in 2009 as an over-the-counter option for women 17 and older, and as a prescription option for younger females. The two-pill version remains available to girls younger than 17 only by prescription.

The product will not end the pregnancy of a female who is already pregnant, and there is no evidence that it will harm a developing fetus, the FDA said in a news release. It will not prevent any sexually transmitted disease, including HIV/AIDS, the agency added.

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