The morning-after pill will soon become available for young women as young as 15 years old with proof of age, reported USA Today on April 30. The FDA has decided that the Plan B One-Step birth control tablets come out from behind pharmacy counters over to the consumer side counters for purchase in order to make them more accessible to younger teens.
The government has limited the age of consumers to 15 years of age or older to readily buy this product without a prescription from a doctor; the age requirement was originally restricted to 17 years of age or older.
This decision came ironically in time to a recent argument by U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York who ordered the FDA to lift the age limit so younger teens have access to them within 30 days; that order was due this Monday.
Under the FDA’s requirement to this decision, any female 15 years of age or older, must present proof of age – they may be in the form of a driver’s license, birth certificate or official passport – to be able to purchase without a doctor’s prescription; no one under 15 will be able to legally obtain them under this new compromised decision without a doctor’s written prescription.
The availability of the morning-after pill will mean that the Plan B One-Step birth control tablets will be over the counter – any place where pharmacists are located – including supermarkets and big box department stores; consumers will not have to ask pharmacists for them anymore but will need to provide proof of age before the cashiers may release the product to the user.
The emergency contraceptive products will be stocked along side spermicides and other contraceptive products including condoms on store shelves.
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